As reported, Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed House Bill 1845 into law. This pro gun bill includes the following components:
- An “emergency powers” reform that prevents the police from wrongly confiscating guns of law abiding citizens during a natural disaster, as happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In the wake of a natural disaster or other state of emergency, police are extremely busy, and criminals take advantage of this fact, which makes having a gun for self defense all the more important.
- Provisions to allow a person under immediate threat to bypass waiting periods and get a concealed carry permit right away. Such provisions have the potential to save the lives of many people, including women threatened by abusive former partners.
- Provisions to allow concealed carry in state parks. This will allow law abiding citizens in state parks the same self defense rights they currently enjoy while eating lunch, running errands, otherwise going about their peaceful business.