More silliness on guns: Crackpot firearms bill wins too many co-sponsors

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It wasn't too long ago that any idea from state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe could be dismissed as just another crackpot notion. Sadly, although his ideas haven't gotten any better, his current crazy proposal has been embraced by too many of his colleagues.

Under House Bill 357, any federal law or regulation that attempts to register, restrict or ban firearms, ammunition, magazines or firearm accessories would be unenforceable in the Keystone State. Further, the Cranberry Republican's proposed "Right to Bear Arms Protection Act" would make it a felony for any federal, state or local law enforcement official in Pennsylvania to enforce any new federal gun restrictions that might be enacted. Ridiculous.

Set aside the reality that spinelessness in Congress is so pervasive that even the slaughter of 20 first-graders in Connecticut didn't produce improvements to the nation's gun laws. Mr. Metcalfe's bill would surely be unconstitutional, since it would in essence make federal law subservient to Pennsylvania's.

Yet 76 other state legislators have signed on to support the bill, most of them Republicans but also three Democrats, including Carrick's Harry Readshaw. Pennsylvanians who think state lawmakers should be working to reduce gun violence should tell their representatives to oppose Mr. Metcalfe's latest lame idea.

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