Bills for a bump stock ban on guns and electronic firearm sales reporting both failed in the PA House

May 8 – Two bills to allegedly help reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania failed to pass the House yesterday. 

A bill to ban bump stock devices came in along party lines in a 101-100 vote with Democrat Frank Burns from Cambria County being the only Democrat to vote no and it killed the bill. 

Remember, the Democrats have control of the PA House by one vote. 

A second bill that would require firearm sellers to report sales electronically failed by the exact same margin.

The bills could return to the floor for consideration at some point in the future. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out Governor Josh Shapiro “doesn’t have any control of the party in control in the House and here is the perfect example of it. These guys in Harrisburg can’t even get their stupid gun agenda over the finish line. We’ve got a bump stock ban and an electronic firearm sales record. These are a couple of bills that lost by one vote in the House with the majority of the House being a lefty side of guns and more laws here. You hear we’ve got to do something about this out of the left. We’ve got to make more laws. We’ve got to make more of this. Never mind the fact that you’ve got plenty of laws. How about you just do some enforcement here and now you guys can’t even get it done in Harrisburg? It’s pretty remarkable they blew this one.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “A one vote margin and of course that is the margin in the House that the Democrats have so they can’t afford to lose any votes. This did not get to the finish line yesterday. It was a big part of their policy agenda. There was no way this stuff was going to pass the Senate anyway. Nonetheless, I think it’s an embarrassment to Speaker McClinton and other leaders in the House Democrats because this was such a big part of their platform. I don’t know if they’ll try to revisit this or not. When you have a one vote margin there’s all these strange scenarios where someone is out sick or you have that guy that’s still MIA that might get it back on the floor if they have their full complement of people to pass it. But again, it’s not going to go anywhere in the Senate regardless.”

Speaking of the Representative that’s Missing In Action, Kevin Boyle, who has an arrest warrant out for violating a restraining order, he’s still apparently nowhere to be found. 

Barkdoll said, “He’s still missing for lack of a better term. He has not disclosed where he is. There’s a lot of speculation that he may be at some kind of a treatment facility and if so good for him, but they’ve said nothing. Yesterday, some House Republicans in the state called on the Pennsylvania Attorney General to launch an investigation against the Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner related to the timing of his announcement that he was withdrawing those criminal charges against Boyle, which you’ll recall Krasner announced the day before the Primary Election a few weeks ago. I hear what these Republicans are saying but at this point, I don’t really understand what the use of public resources would be. The guy lost the primary by a landslide, so he’s out of office. The interesting thing is some of his supporters were criticizing Krasner for interfering with the election by bringing the charge in the first place and then withdrawing it. The suggestion being that maybe Krasner wanted him out. But now the House Republicans want the AG to investigate Krasner. I don’t think the AG will get involved in this. I think the DA, right or wrong, had the discretion to do what he did. I don’t think you’ll hear any more come out of it.”