Bernstine Challenges Constitutionality of ‘Self-Assembled Firearms’ Legislation
HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Butler/Lawrence) today challenged the constitutionality of House Bill 777, which would essentially ban “self-assembled firearms” parts. House Democrats say this legislation would close loopholes by prohibiting the purchase, sale and production of untraceable gun parts.

The bill passed the House by a 104-99 vote. Following the vote, Bernstine issued this statement: 

“Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution says, ‘The rights of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves shall not be questioned.’ The constitutional right to possess a firearm is part of the constitutional guarantee to life, liberty and happiness.

“However, House Bill 777 requires government serialization and tracking of what the bill calls ‘firearm frames and receivers,’ as well as other firearm components.

“This is not government questioning citizens’ fundamental rights, but it is government interfering and placing burdens on those rights with a centralized bureaucratic agency.

“The legislation does not conform to the constitutional guarantees that we are assured in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Representative Aaron Bernstine
8th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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