State House passes bill expanding gun-owners’ rights

The state House passed a measure expanding gun-owners’ rights while scuttling for the second time in as many days an effort by gun-control advocates to close the so-called Florida loophole.

In a bipartisan 159-38 vote, the House approved expansion of the so-called castle doctrine, which allows individuals to defend themselves beyond their home – or castle – or vehicle.

At the same time, House Republicans, backed by dozens of Democratic supporters, shut down attempts to consider any amendments proposed by gun-control advocates. One that had the wide support of law enforcement and mayors across Pennsylvania would have closed a loophole that allows individuals denied gun permits in Pennsylvania to get them elsewhere.

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