State Rep. Dan Frankel urged fellow lawmakers Friday to pass state-level restrictions on assault weapons in preparation for the expiration of the federal law.
Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced he was sponsoring a bill that would restrict the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in Pennsylvania. The federal ban on assault weapons has a sunset provision and is scheduled to expire in 2004; the renewal of the ban was part of a gun package that did not make it through Congress earlier this month.
"The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania faces a choice," Frankel said. "It can either turn back the clock to the days when Uzis and AK-47s flooded our streets and put our communities at risk, or it can again stand up for public safety."
"Assault weapons serve no legitimate civilian purpose and are the weapon of choice for criminals. We need to keep these weapons off our streets and out of our communities," Police Chief Robert W. McNeilly Jr. said in a statement.
How are they the choice of criminals if less than 2% of firearm crimes are committed with ANY RIFLE, much less "assault weapons"?