Pennsylvania lawmaker introduces bill to ban loaded firearms in vehicles

A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to cut down on road rage by banning drivers from carrying loaded weapons in their vehicles. The bill, H.B. 2669, was introduced in late September by State Representative Carolyn Comitta.

From a news release from Comitta’s office: “H.B. 2669 would prohibit a person from carrying a loaded firearm in any vehicle, with the exception of firearms related to game hunting, law enforcement, military personnel or security drivers. A person who is found carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle would be charged with a misdemeanor for a first offense, and a first-degree misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense.” Comitta says that she was inspired to introduce the bill following the 2017 road rage killing of Bianca Roberson, a recent high school graduate who was shot by another motorist. The bill is also known as “Bianca’s Law” in honor or Roberson.

“It might seem like a simple change, but studies show that drivers who have a firearm in their vehicle may be more prone to anger and more likely to engage in aggressive driving than those who did not have a gun … I and most gun safety proponents still protect Second Amendment rights and commonsense gun safety measures.,” Comitta said.

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