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New information about ticks, Lyme disease in Pennsylvania

In early June a few years ago, after returning from Elk County, I found a tiny tick embedded in my arm, and I carefully pulled it out with the help of tweezers. It gave me the willies to think the thing had been chewing on my skin, but since I knew it had been there for no more than eight hours or so, I told myself not to worry about it.

When Will the Hearing Protection Act Pass?

The Hearing Protection Act of 2017—H.R. 367, introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and John Carter (R-TX)—resurrects a 2015 proposal by then-Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon to ease suppressor ownership restrictions on law-abiding citizens.

For more than 80 years, suppressors have been exiled to a list of National Firearms Act (NFA) items created in 1934—when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in the White House. Ownership of suppressors is generally legal, but qualifying to take one home requires onerous and time-consuming requirements such as, but not limited to, fingerprints, photographs, notifying your local chief law enforcement officer, a background check and a $200 tax stamp.

Rep. Rob Bishop Introduces the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act"

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2620, the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act." This bill would remove ATF's authority to use the "sporting purposes" clauses in federal law in ways that could undermine the core purpose of the Second Amendment.

Pro-gun Bills Introduced to Reform FOPA, Protect Interstate Transport of Firearms for Lawful Use

Pro-gun members of Congress have introduced legislation to protect travelers who are transporting firearms interstate for lawful purposes.
The first such bill was
H.R. 358, filed by Rep. H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and 38 cosponsors in February. Joining him this week was Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who introduced S.618 on Tuesday.

New information about ticks, Lyme disease in Pennsylvania

In early June a few years ago, after returning from Elk County, I found a tiny tick embedded in my arm, and I carefully pulled it out with the help of tweezers. It gave me the willies to think the thing had been chewing on my skin, but since I knew it had been there for no more than eight hours or so, I told myself not to worry about it.

There’s an effort afoot to save PA’s hellbenders

State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-23rd District, would like to introduce colleagues at the Capitol to his slippery, spongelike friends and students who care about them.

U.S. House Passes NRA-Backed Bill to Protect Second Amendment Rights of America’s Veterans

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, sponsored by Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate.

Mentored Hunting Legislation Passes in the House

On, June 6, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation expanding Pennsylvania’s mentored hunting programs. 

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

The Supreme Court of North Dakota confirmed this week that simply possessing a handgun while on one’s own private property cannot support a finding of “disorderly conduct” under the state’s disorderly conduct restraining order law. The decision is Keller v. Keller, 2017 ND 119 (N.D. May 16, 2017).

Hiking in Pennsylvania: Enjoying the Journey and the Destination

The Pennsylvania outdoors provides hiking enthusiasts and novices, families and solo trekkers, wildlife watchers and waterfall chasers, with many opportunities to enjoy the moment and make memories in the outdoors.

Pennsylvania has more than 11,000 miles of trails, and spring is one of the best times to enjoy them.

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Effort Gains Steam in Congress

In March, we reported on the details of NRA-backed concealed carry reciprocity legislation pending in Congress. The momentum behind those bills continues to build, with each attracting dozens of co-sponsors.