PA Residents We have House Reps on our Side!


April 5, 2007, 01:58 PM
Attention to all PA residents. I got an alert from Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association. A brief summary: Pennsylvania House Representative Samuel Rohrer from the 130th district in Berks County is on our side. He's started a petition to show PA residents oppose the recent gun grabbing legislation introduced to our state house. Because this is coming from a Pennsylvania House Representative it is believed it will carry weight.
If you live in PA and believe in the Bill of Rights, please sign it here: petition (

Below is the full text of the alert:
Howdy Pennsylvania Firearm Owners,

In our last alert we let you all know about a host of misguided,
pointless, and generally bad bills up for consideration in the Pennsylvania
House of Representatives. Now it shouldn't come as a surprise that we
here at the Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association think that laws
creating complicated registration schemes, banning commonly used
semi-automatic rifles, and other such nonsense are terrible, but have we got a
surprise for you!

So does Pennsylvania House Representative Samuel Rohrer from the 130th
district in Berks County. In fact he thinks they're such bad ideas that
he's put up a petition to collect names of people who agree so we can
all oppose these ridiculous bills that serve only to make criminals out
of the good guys like you and me.

Now keep in mind, this isn't your average petition that no one will
read, this is a serious petition created by one of our elected officials
in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives!

You can read Mr. Rohrer's full press release regarding the petition

Now, there are two ways to sign this petition:

Your first option is to visit his district office located at:

29 Village Center Drive
Suite A7
Reading, PA 19607
(610) 775-5130

Or, you can sign it online at:§iontree=73

We strongly urge everyone reading this alert to sign the petition one
way or another. If you live nearby it may be worth it to head over and
sign it in person. We have a chance to show our elected officials that
we are a serious voting block and that we will not stand for having our
rights questioned and infringed from every angle.

After you've signed this petition we also urge you to forward this
information to everyone you know who cares about the right to keep and bear
arms. Post it on other Internet discussion boards, email it to your
friends, family, and co-workers who support safe, responsible firearm
ownership. It is very important we get as many people as possible signing
this petition!

Lastly, regardless of whether you live in Mr. Rohrer's district or not,
I would encourage everyone to write him a letter or make a phone call
to his office and thank for him standing up and calling these bills out
for what they are, and defending firearm owners state wide. It's just
as important to voice our opinions in support of good action, as it is
to voice our opinions against bad ones. Letting Mr. Rohrer know that we
appreciate his support and straight talk will encourage him to keep it
going and provide another voice in support of our rights against the
onslaught of the politicians who want to take them away.

His main office address and phone number is:

45 East Wing
PO Box 202128
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2128
(717) 787-8550

Until next time,

Daniel Pehrson
Founder & President
Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association

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April 5, 2007, 02:31 PM

April 5, 2007, 02:39 PM
THANK YOU for posting that site..... I've been lookin for it! ... signed.

April 5, 2007, 02:45 PM
I signed it as well...what a pleasant surprise!

April 5, 2007, 02:49 PM
Done, and blogged.

April 5, 2007, 05:42 PM
I signed the petition online, lets keep this up near the top of the L&P section, check in if you have signed!

Brian Williams
April 5, 2007, 08:35 PM
done for me, my wife and son

General Geoff
April 5, 2007, 09:18 PM
signed and sent

April 5, 2007, 09:21 PM
I sent the email to my mom and dad and they signed it as well.

I am surprised that there are not more replies to this thread from people who have signed the petition :(

April 6, 2007, 06:19 AM

Dave in PA
April 6, 2007, 09:14 AM
signed, even out district, who cares! Sign it! Only takes a moment!

April 6, 2007, 09:52 AM
I signed it, my wife signed it, and as soon as my daughter shows up, she can sign it too.

Edit in: Daughter #2 signed. #1 is out of state, and #3 is too young. I am going to write some letters on this too.

April 6, 2007, 11:02 AM

April 6, 2007, 07:32 PM
I printed and signed the petition, now I’ll get the rest of the family and my boss to sign.

I also intend to take copies to the local gun store and ask the owner to have all the customers sign.

They won’t make me pay $10 or even $.10 a year for my constitutional rights!


I’ve only been allowed to “exercise” my rights (Just turned 18) for a few months…

April 6, 2007, 07:40 PM
Signed. $10 per gun, per year? That'll put an end to Philly's problems!

April 6, 2007, 10:15 PM
One more thing. All of you PA residents might want to check the link in my sig line. It's for the organization that gave me that alert. They have a much smaller forum, too albiet not nearly as active as this one or TFL. You should really join there (currently free) if for nothing else, just so you can get those kind of alerts and add to their size. The bigger they get, the more weight they may have when they send reps to township and district meetings.
The organization seems very young, and I have a feeling that if it grows like it should it could be to PA what the NRA is to the US.

Dave Markowitz
April 7, 2007, 10:11 AM
Done, and spreading the word.

April 8, 2007, 01:47 PM
Saw this at . Signed petition too. Have also been in touch with my state rep and senator in opposition to the proposal, HB 760

April 8, 2007, 08:33 PM


April 9, 2007, 12:00 AM
The wife and I both signed.

April 10, 2007, 09:23 PM
Great! Signed. Thanks:D

April 11, 2007, 12:31 AM
I did my part!

Thank you for posting this on THR!

April 11, 2007, 11:57 AM

Signing the petition is fine, as such action could be helpful. Do not forget to contact your own state reps. and senator too, as legislation does at times display a strange "mobility".

April 11, 2007, 01:55 PM
Not relishing the thought of fingerprinting requirements to hunt (which I don't) or protect my family (which I do) I signed it.

April 12, 2007, 06:25 PM
also sent a letter to my local rep and senator. Asking friends and family to also sign.

April 13, 2007, 12:27 PM
Thanks for posting the link.

April 13, 2007, 01:04 PM
Rep. Rick Geist's office (R-Altoona) emphatically stated that he is against this bill.

Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair Co.) and Rep. Mike Fleck (R-Blair Co.) are also both opposed.

Rep. Scott Conklin (D-Centre Co.) Opposed.

April 13, 2007, 03:41 PM
Representative Todd Rock (R-Franklin Co.) has a very similar petition to this as well. It's setup almost exactly the same way.

April 14, 2007, 06:34 PM
Signed petition, passing along to the wife, and will include in my column next Sunday.

Here's a modest proposal, let's give Philadelphia to New Jersey! Since it's the Philly area that's Pa.'s Money Pit, let's just put it where it belongs!

BTW TechAlG, Rick's a life member of the NRA

April 14, 2007, 06:37 PM
Here's a modest proposal, let's give Philadelphia to New Jersey!

Problem is, Jersey don't want Philly either!

BTW TechAlG, Rick's a life member of the NRA

We've been shooting before. He will always have my vote.

April 15, 2007, 10:40 AM
wifey and I signed, will tell kids and friends.

April 15, 2007, 11:31 AM
Signed. And, got a note from our Rep Debbie Kula that she is opposed to the bill. I don't think it has any chance of passing, but they keep trying to push these things on us.

When the day comes that the 'Masses' don't fume and scream when they try to pass one of these 'Reasonable Restrictions', we'll get it.

And then the real fun will begin....

April 15, 2007, 04:50 PM
Signed. Thanks for the link.

April 17, 2007, 01:28 AM

That's another article about the issue. I live in PA myself. Plan on going to shopping malls and post offices and getting hundreds of signatures... oh, and calling all those legislators on the bill and telling them they've lost any hope of getting my vote.

The gun registration proposal, known as House Bill 760, is co-sponsored by

Reps. Lisa Bennington, D-Allegheny; Harrisburg Address:
06-A East Wing
PO Box 202021
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2021
Phone: (717)705-7011
Fax: (717)780-4761

District Office Address:
1808 Chislett St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 361-2040
Fax: (412) 361-2043

Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia;
Harrisburg Address:
120 East Wing
PO Box 202180
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2180
Phone: (717) 787-1407

Constituent Services Office:
2749 North 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19133-2702
Phone: (215) 291-5643
Fax: (215) 291-5647

Lawrence H. Curry, D-Montgomery and Philadelphia;
Harrisburg Address:
28B East Wing
PO Box 202154
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2154
Phone: (717) 783-1079

District Office Address:
One Jenkintown Square, Room 211
115 West Avenue
Jenkintown, PA 19046-2031
Phone: (215) 572-5210

Cherelle L. Parker, D-Philadelphia;
Harrisburg Address:
112 Irvis Office Bldg.
PO Box 202200
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2200
Phone: (717) 783-2178
Fax: (717)-783-7548

District Office Address:
1536 Wadsworth Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19150
Phone: (215) 242-7300
Fax: (215) 242-7303

Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny;
Harrisburg Address:
311 K. Leroy Irvis Office Bldg.
PO Box 202019
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2019
Phone: (717) 783-3783
Fax: (717) 780-4753

District Office Address:
2015-2017 1st Floor Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 471-7760
Fax: (412) 471-8056

Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Philadelphia.
Harrisburg Address:
121-A East Wing
PO Box 202198
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2198
Phone: (717) 787-7727

District Office Address:
5736 Greene St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (215) 849-6426

It took me about 5 minutes of "foot work" to get all that contact info, if you live in PA, take 5 minutes and use it!

Example of what I've written to each of these representatives.... I'll be calling them on Monday

Pennsylvania is a state that highly values its current stance on gun control and second amendment rights. I myself am a new resident, and specifically chose Pennsylvania for it’s stance on gun control. It has been my experience, from living in NJ that most legislators who pass draconic gun control measures don’t even understand what it is they’re passing and are simply being conned into thinking that their bill is going to make the state safer. In reality however, you are treating law abiding citizens as if WE were the criminals. Questions that I and others have about this bill are simple.

Our Questions:
-How many criminals that possess a firearm are going to register each firearm for $10 every year?

-Do legislators really think illegal firearms are going to be taken off the streets if the legal ones are being registered?

-How many of these same legislators are going to also follow this registration as they are not excluded themselves.

-Do these legislators think that by either taking possession of our firearms (if denied registration) or making us keep them locked up at home, we law abiding citizens have the opportunity and right to protect ourselves and family?

As our representatives, you have nothing to gain and everything to lose by supporting this bill. This issue can and will get your seat taken away at the next election, no gun loving American will in their right mind vote for you after this.

I request that you please contact me at your earliest convenience.


Brian D. Bradley

April 18, 2007, 12:30 AM

E-mailed Lisa Bennington. she isn't "my" rep, but I end up paying her too.

By the way, one thing she might be right on is the following. She proposes to require the posting on the Internet of all Pennsylvania statutes. Currently, they are not so available, Pennsylvania being the only state so arranged.

Re this lack of "transperancy", might it be that our employees, those elected things are not quite as proud of their work product, legislation, as they might be, and therefore desire to keep secret the nature of the "children" they are party to the conception of.

AF Adam
April 20, 2007, 04:36 AM

April 21, 2007, 11:58 AM

Re Lisa Bennington, I e-mailed here the evening I saw your post, and phoned her office on Monday.

The lady I spoke with there claimed that while Bennington has been a supporter, due to "significant" though undescribed changes that had been made to the proposal (HB 760); she had withdrawn her support/sponsorship.

A friend of mine who is very politically active indicated that there had been no changes made, that Bennington’s change of mind likely devolved from her having heard from the people, that is taking heat.

April 21, 2007, 10:26 PM
I wasn't sure if it would let me sign since i'm a little further south, but it did! I feel sorry for you guys....if it does, the housing market is still booming in North Carolina.

April 24, 2007, 03:04 PM
The petition is, according to an email I just received, standing somewhere around 12,000 signatures.

April 24, 2007, 09:34 PM

April 30, 2007, 12:48 PM

April 30, 2007, 03:22 PM
$10 a gun?? Are you kidding me!?? :mad:

I just signed it and sent it on to everyone I know in PA.

May 1, 2007, 12:01 PM
Update: Cruz fixing bill 760 so it only applies to Philly:

2 lawmakers urge Phila. gun registry
By Vernon Clark
Inquirer Staff Writer

State Reps. Angel Cruz and Rosita C. Youngblood yesterday announced another effort aimed at reducing the flow of guns in Philadelphia, this time by allowing the city to create a gun-registry system.

Surrounded by reporters yesterday in his storefront office on North Fifth Street, Cruz said "something has to be done" to ease the wave of gun violence that has gripped the city.

Cruz said that while law-abiding citizens purchase guns, "bad people buy guns, too. This way we will know who has the guns."

Both legislators, however, conceded that their efforts have little chance of passing.

Cruz's original legislation, House Bill 760, called for establishing a statewide gun registry for anyone who buys a firearm. It also would have established a $10 registration fee for each gun purchased.

"If we could establish a significant gun registry system for the city, we could track illegal guns and discourage people from selling them for illegal purposes," Cruz said in a statement.

After receiving vocal opposition to the statewide registry, Youngblood last month offered an amendment that would limit the measure to Philadelphia.

She said gun owners in other parts of Pennsylvania have responded angrily to the idea of registering their firearms.

"People thought we were trying to take away their right to bear arms," said Youngblood, who represents parts of North and Northwest Philadelphia.

Youngblood said that by focusing the registry on Philadelphia, "I'm trying to relive some of the fear and stress out there," in other parts of the state.

Cruz said he amended the legislation to remove the $10 gun-registration fee to ease the cost on lawful gun owners, especially collectors whom he said described the fee as an unfair financial burden.

Cruz and Youngblood said they have received numerous mean-spirited e-mails from gun advocates.

Asked if he thought the legislation would pass in the face of traditional opposition from the gun-rights community, Cruz said: "I have to try something."

When asked the same question, Youngblood said: "The likelihood of passing this is slim."

"The communities that I represent in Philadelphia are very different than many other communities across this commonwealth," Cruz said in a statement. "In other parts of the state, they hunt animals; in Philadelphia, guns are used to hunt people."

Contact staff writer Vernon Clark at 215-854-5717 or

The news and the legislators keep talking about this as being a simple "registration" bill. Why don't they address people's concerns with the REST of the thing?

May 1, 2007, 02:43 PM
"People thought we were trying to take away their right to bear arms," said Youngblood, who represents parts of North and Northwest Philadelphia.

No people thought you were trying to make them register their firearms for 10 each every freaking year. That and all the other sneaky crap they have mixed in with that bill. I wish politicians would just say what they mean.

Here is what Youngblood meant to say I'm an idiot.

Oops, Forgot about the activism forum rules. Please forgive me for this outburst!

May 1, 2007, 05:03 PM
Signed and I am a member of the PA ORG forum!

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