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02-07-2007, 07:34 AM
By Kori Walter
Reading Eagle

HARRISBURG - Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday renewed his push for stricter handgun laws and challenged the Legislature to rid Pennsylvania of gun trafficking.
In his budget address, Rendell cited a report by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., that showed 86 percent of homicides in Pennsylvania involved handguns.

“Gun violence is destroying the sense of community that connects us all,” Rendell said.

Rendell's proposal included limiting individuals to one handgun purchase per month.

It's a proposal Rendell had retreated from during his re-election campaign.

During a campaign stop in Reading in August, Rendell said he did not think the measure had enough support to pass.

But on Tuesday, Rendell embraced the idea once again.

“Such legislation will put a stop to gun runners who sell so many of our crime guns and will put no burden on lawful gun owners who can still purchase 12 handguns per year,” he said.

Rep. Thomas R. Caltagirone, a Reading Democrat, will have a major say in any crime legislation as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Caltagirone offered a bleak forecast on the chances of Rendell's proposals becoming law.

“We don't have the votes on that floor on either side to get what he's asking for,” Caltagirone said. “I've done a straw poll of my (committee) members. I don't think I could get those bills out of my committee.”

Rep. Tim Seip, a Schuylkill County Democrat who represents part of Berks, said Rendell's plan to increase the penalty for possessing a stolen weapon may gain some support.

But Seip said that as a member of the National Riffle Association he does not support restricting handgun purchases.

“I don't want to limit the legal actions of Pennsylvania citizens or limit their Constitutional rights,” Seip said.

Reading Mayor Tom McMahon said he was in favor of handgun restrictions, particularly limiting handgun purchases to one per month for individuals.

“I applaud the governor's effort,” McMahon said. “I hope there's a way we can get to a one-gun-a-month rule and combat gun trafficking. It's too important an issue.”

William M. Heim, chief of the Reading police, said the department is focusing on getting people off the streets whom he calls “serial, career criminals with gun.”

The department is also working with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to combat straw purchases in which a criminal gets someone, often a drug addict, to go into a gun store and buy guns for him.

“Any tools we can get for those efforts would be valuable to police,” Heim said.

Berks County Commissioner Judith L. Schwank said gun violence is a major problem in the community.

“I think it's definitely an issue that's attracted a lot of attention in Berks,” Schwank said. “People have reached the point where they're saying, ‘This is enough! It's time for action.'

“I hope some of the governor's proposals will become law in the near future.”

02-07-2007, 08:35 AM
Lets get the emails going I already sent out new ones. :soap:

02-08-2007, 06:48 PM

I attached Rep Tim Seip’s press release concerning the Governors gun law proposal. Rep Seip is a member of the NRA and strongly disagrees with the Governors proposal.

Thanks for contacting us and I hope the attached press release answers your question.

Brian K. Tobin

Chief of Staff

Representative Tim Seip, 125th Legislative District

396 South Centre St.

Suite 7

Pottsville, PA 17901


Fax: (570)-624-3149


State Rep. Tim Seip




House Democratic Communications Office

Phone: 717-787-7895

Fax: 717-783-6839

Email: bturner@pahouse.net

Seip welcomes calls for property tax relief, tapping oil profits

Legislator equally strong in opposition to gun control

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Tim Seip, D-Schuylkill/Berks, said Gov. Ed Rendell’s budget proposal represents the starting point in the budget process.

“I am encouraged by the bipartisan spirit that it was delivered in and enthusiastically support taking strong action on health-care reform and alternative energy, but there are some areas where the governor and I are on different pages.” Seip said. “I strongly support ending the loophole that lets many oil companies avoid Pennsylvania tax on much of the big profits they rack up here. It is past time for them to pay their fair share, and we could use that money to fix highways and bridges.

“I also welcome the fact that the governor supports providing much more funding for property tax relief for homeowners. But I believe that if there is a sales tax increase, as the governor proposed, it should be earmarked specifically for property tax relief on primary residences.”

Seip strongly disagreed with the governor’s call for gun control legislation: “It’s one thing to offer increased penalties for law-breakers, and I would support that legislation, but I am against any restrictions on purchases for law-abiding citizens. Squeezing law-abiding citizens to curb gun violence is like squeezing property owners to solve the property tax problem.”

Seip also expressed skepticism about the governor’s proposal to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike to private investors: “I am concerned that we might get a quick buck and then end up with a broken-down roadway in need of even more repairs after a private company has sucked out all of the equity that they possibly could. The possible expansion of the miles of toll roads in Pennsylvania should be explored, as opposed to handing over miles of the current system to private industry.”

Seip again expressed support for many of the energy-independence goals outlined in the budget proposal, including investing in projects such as the ethanol plant in western Schuylkill County that is expected to create about 60 jobs with good wages.

“We need more efforts like that to reduce our dependence on foreign fuels and boost our economy by keeping our energy dollars right here in Pennsylvania while decreasing lengthy deployments for our soldiers and airmen,” Seip said.


02-08-2007, 07:03 PM
I already sent an email to Rep. Tony DeLuca, who represents where I live.

I had a feeling that crooked good-for-nothing liar Rendell would pull off this sneaky crap. He knows that this is his last term as governor and he'll be pulling off more of his anti-gun nonsense in the next 4 years.

02-08-2007, 07:05 PM
i agree