Blog 5/03/24

Pennsylvanians Hold Pro-2A Rally as 2024 Election Picks Up Steam

Earlier this week, the USCCA for Saving Lives Action Fund joined more than 150 Pennsylvanians gathering at the State Capitol in Harrisburg to rally for Second Amendment rights.  The annual event hosted by Pennsylvania-based groups, including Firearms Owners Against Crime Institute, featured remarks from pro-Second Amendment lawmakers, organizations, and concerned citizens.  It showcased the still-strong opposition to California-style gun control in the Keystone State and support for upholding fundamental rights to self-defense. 

Speakers during the event included Pennsylvania House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler, Antonia Okafor-Coover, director of women’s outreach for Gun Owners of America and Pete Kingsley, vice president of the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania.  They not only spoke out against efforts by some Pennsylvania lawmakers to curb law-abiding citizens’ access to firearms for self-defense, but they also highlighted the prominence of Pennsylvania in the pivotal 2024 elections.  It’s a must-win for both President Biden and former President Trump, plus there is a key competitive U.S. Senate race that could determine the balance of the chamber, as well as key state legislative races down the ballot. 

With that political dynamic in mind, the USCCA-FSL Action Fund was onsite to help make sure everyone in attendance is registered to vote in 2024.  It was great to be surrounded by so many freedom-loving Pennsylvanians who want to be involved in the political process and make sure their Second Amendment rights are secured for future generations.  That is only possible by electing candidates who will champion your right to self-defense and block efforts to make it harder for law-abiding gun owners to protect themselves and their loved ones. 

Ronald Reagan said that “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”  In today’s world, it often seems like our fundamental constitutional rights are only one election cycle away from being stripped by government bureaucrats.  Pennsylvanians have historically enjoyed strong protections for their Second Amendment rights, but that could vanish after November’s elections if the wrong people are elected.  That’s why events like this week’s rally are key to sustaining momentum and political involvement among lawful gun owners, and we’re proud to have been a part of it. 

See how the USCCA-FSL Action Fund stands with law-abiding gun owners! 


President Biden’s Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is at it again. In its relentless campaign to prevent law-abiding Americans from owning guns, the rogue agency has repeatedly gone beyond the limits of the law. This week I will be leading a coalition of Republican attorneys general suing to stop the ATF’s latest unlawful regulation. The ATF’s latest regulation is arguably the worst of all. The recently finalized rule is an effort to do an end-run around Congress and close the so-called “gun show loophole” without Congress ever having to pass a law.

Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills said Monday she will allow one of a final pair of gun safety bills — a waiting period for gun purchases — to become law without her signature in the wake of the Lewiston mass shooting. The governor announced that she would let a 10-day period pass without signing or vetoing the 72-hour waiting period bill, allowing it to go into effect without action. The law will go into effect this summer.

House Democrats on Monday were on track to pass several gun control measures: new rules for how gun owners store their firearms, mandatory reporting for lost or stolen guns, a ban on certain rapid-fire triggers and tougher penalties for straw purchases of guns. The measures are less ambitious than the proposed semi-automatic rifle bans that were introduced earlier in the session, though the bans could come back once Senate and House members meet to hash out a final bill. Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmakers were expected to pass the bills in the House on a party-line vote Monday.

Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) and Gov. Bill Lee (R-TN) signed Second Amendment privacy acts this week barring the use of credit card merchant codes to collect data on retail firearm purchasers. Kemp signed HB 1018 on Monday and Lee signed SB 2223 on Tuesday. Their signatures bring the total number of states with Second Amendment privacy act protections to 14. On February 13, 2024, Breitbart News reported that Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are implementing a special merchant code to track gun and gun-related purchases in California.