Pennsylvania Governor Calls for Total Ban on all Semi-Automatic Weapons

Pennsylvania Governor Calls for Total Ban on all Semi-Automatic Weapons

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf believes no one should have semi-automatic firearms. (Photo: Governor Tom Wolf Facebook)

Just one day after a gun-rights rally in Pittsburgh that attracted hundreds of gun owners protesting the city’s proposed “assault weapons” ban, Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf voiced his support for a complete ban on all semi-automatic weapons.

When asked by KDKR Newsradio host Larry Richert whether the state of Pennsylvania should restrict or eliminate semi-automatic weapons, Gov. Wolf responded, “I think they should. I support that. Those are the weapons that killed those innocent people in Squirrel Hill and have done so much damage in schools and in places all around the country. We shouldn’t have those [guns].”

Though Wolf incorporates all semi-automatic firearms in his answer to Richert’s question (the Squirrel Hill murderer used handguns and a rifle), he walked back his stance later that day in a tweet that only mentioned “semi-automatic rifles.”

The governor doesn’t want to take away anyone’s guns, of course. Later in the segment, Richert commented, “People from one side or the other go to the complete extreme – you’re trying to take away my weapons, and that’s not the case.”

“No,” Wolf agreed.

And yet, the head of Pennsylvania’s executive branch hopes the state legislature will implement restrictions on gun ownership similar to those proposed by Pittsburgh’s city council, which include a ban on some semi-automatic rifles.

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As GunsAmerica reported previously, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto recently announced a trio of gun rights restrictions, including an “assault weapons” ban, an accessories/magazine/ammunition ban, and a gun confiscation scheme. Peduto’s announcement is likely nothing more than grandstanding because Pennsylvania state law prohibits local governments from passing ordinances that contradict state law.

But Gov. Wolf hopes the legislature will sign on to Peduto’s proposals.

“I mean even the president is talking about eliminating, making bump stocks illegal. I think we ought to have a universal background check,” he said on KDKR. “We should not have people (with) easy access to the weapons that killed all those innocent victims in Squirrel Hill. We’re all in different ways trying to figure out what is the way to recognize the rights of gun owners but also make ourselves safe. I think this is a good conversation to have.”

It’s unclear whether Wolf will be able to implement his gun ban dreams. Republicans have a 21-seat majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and a 7-seat majority in the Senate.

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  • Old Mort November 12, 2021, 11:19 am

    During the war against a tyrannical government (England) back in 1776 and before, English troops were issued and used single shot muskets that were prevalent at the time. They were the most modern weapon of that era. It used a powder primer that was ignited by a flint rock that produced a spark that ignited a powder primer that in turn ignited the powder inside the barrel that exploded under pressure to send a round ball out of the barrel at maybe 1500 feet per second. or less. The patriots were equipped with the very same type of musket. After you fired the musket you had to dump more powder down the barrel, then insert a wad of cloth or paper along with the lead ball that went in last into the barrel and use a long rod to pack it all down. Next you had to set the flint and prime the gun with the external powder. Then it was ready to fire again. The point I am trying to make is that the English troops and the patriots had the very same weapons. It was a fair fight. Today the patriots are armed with semi automatic rifles that requires the shooter to pull the trigger once for every round fired. Our military or a foreign military have complete automatic meaning they can pull the trigger once and the rifle will continue to spray bullets much faster than the patriots weapon simply by keeping the trigger depressed. It will not stop spraying a deadly barrage of bullets until the magazine or clip is empty. This is a huge factor in a fire fight. Today the PEOPLE ARE OUT GUNNED BY ANY GOVERNMENT FORCE BE IT OUR OWN MILITARY OR A FOREIGN MILITARY. The difference in our 2nd amendment was violated in the 1930s when our government signed into law that the civilians were not allowed to own fully automatic weapons unless they got a very expensive permit from the government. Now our government wants to take away the semi-automatic making any tyrannical military able to completely out gun us. With Joe Biden (a progressive socialist maybe a communist) leader we are concerned. Had the English red coats had a Superior weapon we would still be under their control. You can see why we are very, very concerned. Don’t tread on us!

  • David June 25, 2021, 6:44 pm

    1 . Warning: If The all of 50 States Governors s of every State Ban Semi Automatics Rifles , Shoot Guns , Semi Auto Pistols. Or Large Clips Feeding Devices Or Surplus Ammo is imported over Seas too. There Will Be cavil war in all agents the 50 States too. We will Eliminate off State Governments completely too . no more fifty States too, they will be gone for good too! This is just a warning !!! World war 111 will begin soon on 01/01/ 2026 A.D. By 2028 It will be A tonic War wold War !!! by 01/01 2028 dead line too! This is a warning of Semiautomatic Firearms Weapons !!!

  • John J Pellegrino February 2, 2021, 10:33 am

    All of the pro and con about Gun Control, especially by the governments, (Federal and States) is just to keep the water muddy for the citizens eyes so the citizens will be distracted from what the Federal Government really wants. Our government wants a total ban on all weapons from citizen’s hands. They will say or do anything to achieve that goal. Our government has been moving towards achieving a totally controlled police state with themselves in control of course. This means getting rid of our Constitution because “they” have a new Constitution “they” have been writing and editing for decades to perfect it for “their” purposes of Total Control. Look up their Constitution, its not hard to find online. It is called, “The constitution for the New States of America” There is no “Bill of Rights”, no “We The People” but there is many detailed statements concerning EXACTLY how the government will control ABSOLUTELY everything. Read it, really it takes a serious read, and you will understand a lot of what has already happened, including the 2020 election. Every Patriotic American needs to see this new Constitution, it is that important! It is no joke!

  • Anthony Romano February 2, 2021, 7:15 am

    This story is from last year!! Jan 2019!! WTH?? I just wasted 3 minutes of my life reading recycled news! C’mon you can do better than this!

  • Scott February 8, 2020, 1:21 am

    We the People Have Spoken!

  • Scott February 8, 2020, 1:20 am

    You want to see a repeat of VA? Or much worse? Try us. See what happens!

  • Robert zufall February 7, 2020, 10:15 am

    Trying to penalize all,for the actions of evil people.

  • Chuck February 5, 2020, 5:30 pm

    Another reason to keep Pennsylvania in the miserable state it’s in

  • Victor wilson February 2, 2020, 7:51 am

    We have a bone head governor that will not support the death penalty for people that murder other people !
    Yet he wants to punish the law abiding gun owner because of the murderers that he is protecting !
    He makes no sense , and doesn’t have the brains god gifted a brain dead field mouse .
    How the heck did this idiot ever get to be governor ?
    I hope the Democratic die hard hunters that voted for him and helped put him in office realize what a idiot he is and rethinks the next election .

  • Walter January 31, 2020, 6:28 pm


  • Slim J January 30, 2020, 10:37 pm

    sounds like the governor has some pent up homosexual aggression. Someone needs to check his personal electronic devices for child porn

  • Dave Delle January 30, 2020, 8:11 pm

    Nope! Not going to give up ANY of my firearms. Not happening.

  • Ron January 30, 2020, 8:02 pm

    Make not mistake. There is no ignorance involved. He and the other gun grabbers DO KNOW what a semi-automatic friearm is. They don’t care. They say they want “common sense gun laws”, but what they really want is a total gun ban–Except for their personal body guards, of course.

    After banning semi’s, it will be lever actions, pump actions, bolt actions, and single shot next. They will never stop grinding away.

  • Vince January 30, 2020, 5:57 pm

    Instead of banning guns, how about making the penalties tougher so people wont want to commit crimes. An eye for an eye. I say bring back corporal punishment.

  • Brad January 30, 2020, 9:30 am

    Wolf don’t even know wtf he’s talking about. He said all semi automatic weapons, which is any firearm even a hand gun. He later walked back his comments Bc I’m sure he received a big backlash and someone informed him of what he actually said. And now he says that the president is eliminating or thinking about banning bump stocks, they are banned, so wtf is he even talking about. Get this bum out of there ASAP! #WorstGovernorEver !

    • Scott February 5, 2020, 2:56 pm

      Shall not be infringed…good luck Lexington green

  • Bob Prescott January 30, 2020, 8:07 am

    Just who defines what a “Dangerous person” is? Even the meekest could become dangerous if you threaten and corner him while allowing him no retreat.

  • PAB January 29, 2020, 11:26 am


  • Dan Martin May 4, 2019, 9:45 pm

    He talks about weapons that kill innocents, what about all the things that are not guns, cars, hammers, knives, golf clubs, ball bats, the list goes on and on down to hands and feet! It’s not the weapon it’s the person using it. Also would your definition of semi-auto be one shot per one trigger pull, if so you just added double action revolvers to the list. What about shotguns, double barrel is one pull,one shot isn’t that semi-auto? You need to define your statements better, unless the idea is to ban as many weapons as possible!

  • Rick April 21, 2019, 10:39 pm

    GUN PROTEST RALLY MAY 6 ……..10:00 AM…..Harrisburg, PA State Capitol


  • Jacob April 14, 2019, 6:37 pm

    Leave AMERICAN soils dumbass

  • Dave April 13, 2019, 2:31 pm

    Pennsylvania Constitution, art. I, § 21:
    The right of the citizens to bear arms in defence of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.

  • Jeff Smegal April 7, 2019, 9:52 pm

    All guns are Semi-automatic because automatic weapons are illegal.

    • Obama's boyfriend April 17, 2019, 7:50 pm

      Fully automatic weapons are pricey, the license is difficult to obtain, but they are not illegal.

    • Gene womack April 20, 2019, 8:52 am

      No we have never action, bolt action, revolvers, and single shot. All not semi auto.

      • Keith Stanton June 4, 2019, 5:16 pm

        So if I understand you and the Governor correct, you want to outlaw all hunting rifles that are semi-automatic, e.g. one pull of the trigger, one shot. Doesn’t matter if they are internally loaded 5 shot Remington’s or an AR 15. It would outlaw historic rifles like M1 Garands, M1 Carbines, or any number of other rifles. And if the owner refuses to surrender them, they then become a criminal? And what about the proficient expert marksman like myself who can get 5 rounds of my Enfield 303 Bolt Action just slightly slower than I can empty a clip of that M1? Banning guns is not the answer, Making sentencing so menacing that no one will consider using a gun of any type. You really want to put your money where your mouth is try this. Use a gun and harm someone, life in prison. You kill them, we stick a needle in your arm. Have this BS Artist of a Governor support that and most gun owners will willingly support him. If not he needs to STFU.

  • Roxanne April 3, 2019, 11:31 am

    I don’t own a gun but bet your sweet ass you will be out ne t election

  • Jeff Sherer April 1, 2019, 11:39 pm

    Still can figure out how he got back in. Too many stupid people here. You forgetting our 2nd amendment so called Govenor Wolf. You also forgetting article 1 section 21of the Pennsylvania state constitution. It doesnt njot specify a certain weapon so it is illegal to ban any of them. You ban any of them there will be a lawsuit againt the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    • PA Conservative April 2, 2019, 7:34 pm

      Sometimes it’s not so much about the candidate as it is the alternative. Wolfe’s opponent was an even worse choice and I’m a Republican since I was 18. That’s 32 years. Wagner was the worst Republican candidate I’ve seen. That’s how Wolfe was able to win reelection. I hope the GOP has someone better for 2022.

      • Non-DemoPublican April 19, 2019, 7:18 pm

        Agree. I disliked Wagner, held nose and voted for the blowhard anyway because of how bad Wolf is. I would never vote for a Democrat though. Statist thugs.

  • Sun Tzu Lao March 31, 2019, 11:32 pm

    You forget option #3, war.

  • Anthony Fuoti March 31, 2019, 3:17 pm

    Banning the assault rifles will not stop the crazy people who shoot people. Laws to ban guns only hurt those who enjoy hunting and target shooting.

    • Gene Womack April 20, 2019, 8:57 am

      Laws to ban guns hurt law abiding citizens. Those people shooting innocents are already breaking the law in the worst way, murder. Do we think they will say “oh it’s illegal to have this semi auto so I guess I cant kill”?

  • John March 31, 2019, 5:25 am

    he said on KDKR. “We should not have people (with) easy access to the weapons that killed all those innocent victims in Squirrel Hill.” Innocent victim? What are the kind of victim is their dickbag? I support legislation that lets New Jersey take Philadelphia…

  • Harvey Steele March 29, 2019, 6:23 pm

    The 2nd amendment belongs to the people not Congress or governors ,hands off the people s basic right s.

    • Tom Higgins April 1, 2019, 9:55 pm

      The goverment is already getting away with to much

  • Bill Pearn March 27, 2019, 8:17 pm

    He’s ok with open boarders. Illegals aliens and drunk drivers kill more people every year then automatic weapons. Btw he’s all about home owners associations being able to foreclose on your home to.

  • Raymond Hudson February 6, 2019, 9:47 am

    I can say this, I will keep my guns and I will oppose health care that is paid for with my tax dollar or health care that bankrupts this Great Nation. The Democrats and Republicans have already run up a National Debt that can NOT be paid off without Serious cut backs in Government spending! How increasing the risk of financial implosion or attempting to circumvent the Constitution is an answer to ANYTHING is beyond me. The track record proves that the Government can NOT run any program nor can it be responsible for funding any Universal plan! You are responsible for your own wellbeing from beginning to end and all points in between. Each State should decide what sort of and how much aid it’s citizens should receive AND how that program is funded and managed. The smaller the unit involved the better the oversight and control. Federal should equal LESS not MORE!

  • WA Hackney January 22, 2019, 10:18 am

    It is difficult to believe that the governor of Pennsylvania is so ignorant regarding firearms.

  • Steve January 20, 2019, 9:47 am

    Republicans can either offer Medicare for all and fix healthcare or keep their gun rights. Or keep a broken healthcare system and lose their gun rights. Democrats are winning elections because of healthcare. Figure it out or lose power for 50 years.

  • Thomas Jennings January 20, 2019, 9:22 am

    They really think they are in charge .they need reality check .its we the people not my liberal agenda . we the people will not fold !

  • Richard lamp January 18, 2019, 10:06 pm

    There is some people that just don’t get it. Semi automatic gun is just that but some look different than others. They all do the same thing and serve the same purpose. If there would be perhaps a total shutdown semi-automatic weapons let me guess everyone thinks too bad guys will put them down to people are damn near stupid. My motto in life is it’s always better to have one and not need it then to not have one and get yourself killed. The good law-abiding citizens that carry are not out to hurt anyone they just want to protect themselves and their families. So by putting a ban on any gun are you doing is helping out the bad guys.

    • david Cudlic April 5, 2019, 10:17 pm

      Does the governor realize that most police departments carry semi-automatic handguns .If he wants a complete ban on semi-auto weapons, this would include the pistols that PSP and most departs carry. Who pays to replace these weapons?? The most important thing that he and ALL ANTI-GUN groups forget is that the criminals don’t obey the law. They will still have the semi-autos while the legal citizen will be forced to have a 6 shot revolver, or bolt-action, or lever action rifle.

      • Kris April 13, 2019, 11:33 pm

        Many of these gun grabbing mayors are felons who cannot own or carry guns so they have armed security. They use the criminal elements to scare and help control their enemies which are the lawful citizens.

      • Warren V. DeCee April 17, 2019, 6:01 pm

        The laws are always written so that the thugs with badges are exempt.

  • James January 17, 2019, 8:18 am

    The demoRats are going all out on anti-gun.. playing dirty .. Illinois waited for the new governor cuz their were afraid the former governor would veto their bills !
    I Say No to:
    Red flag laws
    Assault weapons ban

  • Tin Man in Texas January 17, 2019, 4:46 am

    Why should any citizen, ingot legal standing, be prevented from owning ANY weapon?If I could afford it, and the ammunition, I would love to have an M-134A mini-gun.
    Now, I’ll never be able to afford it, but I should be able to own one.
    Or a Thompson.
    Tell me why I should be restricted?

  • David Kveragas January 16, 2019, 5:50 pm

    I suggest the Governor read the Pa. Constitution, which swore an oath to protect and uphold, specifically
    Article 1. sections 21 and 25. § 21. Right to bear arms.
    The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of
    themselves and the State shall not be questioned.
    § 21. Right to bear arms.
    The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of
    themselves and the State shall not be questioned.
    He can express his personal opinion, but any action he or a legislator may take officially puts them in violation of their oath and is grounds for removal from office!

  • Jean Valjean January 15, 2019, 9:03 pm

    Liberals are retarded when it comes to complete lack of knowledge pertaining to firearms,automatic weapons are already illegal.& have been for over 70 years,to own 1 you need a license from the ATF which costs $15000 dollars that takes a year to approve,seizing private owned firearms like secret police,NKVD,CHEKA,STASI,KGB.You statist Bolsheviks make Stalin proud.Civil Wars are caused that way,but that’s what you want isn’t it?

    • Jeff Duncan April 3, 2019, 11:59 am

      You do not need a license from the ATF, you get a $200.00 tax stamp from the NFA (IRS) for such a weapon. They are not illegal, you simply have to buy one that is pre 1986. It takes about 2 – 3 months to get a tax stamp out of the NFA department of the ATF.

      The only part that is going to cost you $15,000.00 or more is the weapon itself, finding people willing to sell theirs is hard. I have a 01 & 07 FFL and a SOT, and I can have, build any weapon I want short of nukes, and it only costs me 50.00 a year for the FFL, and 500.00 a year for the SOT, still way cheaper than even buying a full auto weapon, and I do not have the waiting period for anything.

      Should be this way for any weapon you want, but the government has to make money off everything.

      And folks, STOP CALLING THEM ASSAULT WEAPONS… there is no such thing.

  • Jean Valjean January 15, 2019, 8:50 pm

    PA has become CA.,Bolsheviks will destroy this state as well,the SHTF soon

  • paul zecchino January 15, 2019, 7:34 pm

    You want the guns, Mr. Commie? Come git ’em.

  • Dave M January 15, 2019, 3:14 pm

    The problem isn’t semi-automatics. The real problem is the Black Market of these weapons. What really needs to happen is for a task force to be formed to flush out and grab all the weapons that are illegally on the streets! Now FULL automatic weapons I do agree should be removed from public sales. Nobody but military and S.W.A.T. needs or should have those. There is no way to justify a FULL automatic weapon in civilian hands. I believe in the 2nd amendment ! I have heard there are places in the out lying areas of Pittsburgh where you can buy just about any kind of handgun or rifle you want. These are the places that need to be sought out and closed down. Next they will want to remove all fire arms from us. Then we become easy trargets for criminals and gangs! There are many examples where John Q Citizen with a PERMIT and handgun stopped a crime, or was able to prevent more bloodshed because he was armed. If our govenor even tries this I hope he gets impeached and replaced!

    • James January 15, 2019, 8:55 pm

      Fully automatic firearms are already banned (anything after the pre ban ’86). Anything before is still available, but exceedingly rare, expensive and numerous hoops to jump through. You can’t have it both ways and say you support the 2nd Amendment only to add a “but” in there afterwards.

    • Harry R January 16, 2019, 12:17 am

      Do some reach Dave. Machine guns – Full Auto have been banned since the 1930s’ the Military configured M16/4 have not used full auto since the early 90’s. They fire a 3 round burst.

    • Warren V. DeCee March 26, 2019, 6:14 pm

      It’s the Bill of Rights, Dave, not the Bill of Needs.

    • Peter Smith April 1, 2019, 2:00 pm

      Automatic weapons have never been a problem and never will be a problem. Even if it wasn’t for the unconstitutional 86′ law or the equally unconstitutional NFA, few would even bother with automatics for many reasons. That said, it is none of the government’s business what kind of gun I own, period. The government exists to protect rights and property and they are failing miserably at those simple tasks. Maybe Wolf should actually read the Constitution (both state and federal) before speaking again.

  • Keith January 15, 2019, 1:32 pm

    So…..what does it take for one of these elected asshats to understand, the gun does not operate or kill without someone pulling the trigger. Can we please address mental instability in society first?

  • Thomas Potter January 15, 2019, 1:03 pm


  • David Weaver January 15, 2019, 7:23 am

    PA is an amazing place. Nestled in the bosom the of nanny states (NY, NJ, MD) that surround it… it has survived many assaults on its gun rights laws – and will likely survive this one. Support is waning, particularly in the area of Philly and its surrounding suburbs – but the central and western part of the state remains fairly strong

    It is not a “gun haven”. On a scale of states restricting gun rights – it falls in at about #10 with #1 being the most restrictive and #50 being the least restrictive of the list of 50 states (if you are normal… 57 if your candidate preferences run contrary).

    It just happens to be the one state in the mid-atlantic that has not (so far) lost its frickin’ mind.

    We do have:
    – Shall Issue “concealed carry” permits ($20/five year)
    – Unrestricted (for the most part) open carry
    – Castle Law and Stand Your Ground
    – No additional restrictions on magazine capacity or cosmetic features
    – No “waiting periods”, FOID, or required state training

    But we also have:
    – UBC (for handguns only), long guns may be privately transferred without a BC
    – A “defacto” gun registry for handguns (aided by the UBC requirements)
    – A new law that requires confiscation of all firearms from those subject to a “protection from abuse” order (unconstitutional in my mind – but not on 2A grounds, rather 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th)
    – Some really stupid laws about transporting unloaded firearms without a carry permit

    And two large cities that dominate both the majority of the media presented to the public – and state wide elections – both of which cause a perception nationally of an “anti-gun” fervor running through the state which is not really the case.

  • Scottie Allen January 15, 2019, 12:03 am

    It’s time you sat down with a copy of the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution. And maybe a go online to and order the book “The Founding of a Nation” by Merrill Jensen. Our Founding Fathers warned us about you people. So did Malcom X and Dr. Martin Luther King.

  • Daniel Oshaughnessy January 14, 2019, 9:32 pm

    What powers you to do such a thing? You sir should be jailed good luck on collection day commie prick

  • Leon Duminiak January 14, 2019, 9:18 pm

    Do those of you who are talking about banning semi-automatic weapons know what those are? I doubt it. Modern handguns, such as those used by police are semi-automatic. The term means that when a round is fired, the weapon ejects the spent shell casing and loads a fresh round without firing it. Automatic weapons perform the shell ejection, reloading, and firing as long as the trigger is being held back. In simple terms, these are machine guns. It seems as though these weapons should be the focus of enhanced gun control but let’s not allow uniformed politicians such as Governor Wolf to have a hand in drafting any gun control legislation. The concept and legislation is simple to understand; a prohibition on all automatic firearms along with a prohibition on all modifications and accessories that would allow any fire arm to be used as a fully automatic firearm.

  • Mike January 14, 2019, 8:49 pm

    It is KDKA, not KDKR.

  • Shooter218 January 14, 2019, 6:33 pm

    Are they going to TRY to take away my 50 year old Colt Colteer .22? It’s semi auto and has a 17 round tube magazine. Although it’s not black and scary looking. Keep in mind that the police in France are now using Semi Auto rifles against unarmed protesters.

  • Bob D. January 14, 2019, 3:37 pm

    So if you want to ban “dangerous” people from having guns, enact 20 year no plea deal legislation for anyone using firearms in violent crimes. Leave the 97% of honest citizens alone

    • Keith Stanton June 4, 2019, 5:34 pm

      20 years hell. Use it and hurt someone, life in prison. Kill someone, a needle in your arm. But that won’t be enacted because the same guy arguing for a ban, will then want the ACLU to fight harsh sentencing as not fair to the criminal.

  • Blake January 14, 2019, 12:00 pm

    Stop saying we want to take your guns. Nobody is taking guns. Unless its semi auto guns. We’re taking all those guns.

    • Cory January 15, 2019, 12:37 pm

      You know that includes all handguns. Should really research what you are talking about. Anything that you don’t have to manually load the next round to shoot again (pump, lever, bolt action) is semi automatic. So go ahead and try to take them let me know how well that works out for you.

      • Jeffrey Phillips January 15, 2019, 4:35 pm

        It’s satire.

    • Harry R January 16, 2019, 12:22 am

      No worries Blake the Global Warmists are not taking all cars, just those with automatic transmissions.

    • Keith Stanton June 4, 2019, 5:32 pm

      I guarantee you won’t be taking dick. If you honestly believe that 100’s of thousands of Americans are going to willingly surrender weapons you are sadly mistaken. Even if the SCOTUS agrees with such a law. The Second Amendment was designed to prevent the government from just such an act. There will be new criminals created just minutes after any such bill is passed. The government isn’t smart enough to think to look at the countless hiding places those weapons will be hidden.

      And the problem with attempting some kind of solution at what we all see is senseless killings is you want to lump all “semi-automatic” weapons into what gun control freaks like to refer to as assault rifles. Scores of differences between an AR15 and a Remington internally loaded 5 shot magazine hunting rifle instantly turning people against your effort to save lives. And where is the sentencing so severe that using a gun you spend the rest of your life in prison or a needle in your arm? I know, its not fair to the criminal right?

      But lets say it does come to the taking of semi-automatic weapons. I’m just curious if you’re the person who will show up on my porch? I doubt it!

  • Anthony January 13, 2019, 9:52 pm

    What part of shall not be infringed do you not understand. The second amendment was written so that the common individual can defend themselves and or community against an opressive regime. A government for the people should be obligated to support such and amendment but clearly our government is not for the people.

    • Kevin January 14, 2019, 8:11 am

      Of coarse it’s not for the people we.cant even vote on the laws that govern us .

  • Anthony January 13, 2019, 9:46 pm

    What part of shall not be infringed do you not understand

  • ShallNotBeInfringed January 13, 2019, 12:27 am

    Shooting tyrannical mutherfuckers like him is WHY the 2A exists in the first place! Line him up with Feinstein.

    Blood of patriots and tyrants folks, blood of patriots and tyrants…

  • Scotty Gunn January 12, 2019, 7:41 pm

    Wolf actually allowed semiautomatic guns for hunting, only to be shot down by the Game Commission, who said no. This will give them the excuse that there is no sporting purpose for semi auto rifles, despite it never saying that in the Constitution.

    • mike hunt January 14, 2019, 3:24 pm

      the game commission has started to allow semi automatic shotguns in a couple of wmu

  • Bob January 12, 2019, 2:07 pm

    I’m sitting in a nursing home, my mother is dying, and I’m still carrying. I don’t care about no gun zones, and I’ll be damned if I’ll EVER turn in one single gun these commie pinko, bed wetting faggots try to outlaw or restrict.

  • John January 12, 2019, 2:05 pm

    Never gonna happen

  • anonawolf January 12, 2019, 12:39 pm

    the us is being pushed enough as is we have all the gun laws and it isn’t guns that kill people its the person using the gun if a gun cant be obtained it will b made and we have the right to have our guns from the amendment our rights have been being squeezed enough i keep pushing because u an only push so much before the people revolt back and stand for there rights its something sadly u cant ever protect your self from a 100% because there is so much hate in the world to beet anger and hate u must first come to peace with all religions and racial differences and respect for your fellow man/woman/or other and accept it all break the cycle let go of hate and move forward as a croup not just 1 or 2 people we are suppose to be a nation standing united not divided . divider we all will fall but together as 1 we can stand tall for what out four fathers wanted for us

    • Andy January 13, 2019, 9:10 am

      Anonawolf… punctuate your statement. You have some good arguments but,run on sentences loses the reader. I give you a B-. 🤣😆

  • Debra January 12, 2019, 12:34 pm

    All guns are semi automatic. So dumb!

  • Joseya January 12, 2019, 11:55 am

    The abortion knife has murdered more humans than any semi rifle ever has.

  • mr varmint January 12, 2019, 11:20 am

    There should be a ban on dangerous governors

  • Frank Castle January 12, 2019, 11:06 am

    Don’t. Everyone of you who support this crap wil be committing political suicide. YOU WILL BE VOTED OUT!!! THIS IS NOT N.Y. NOT M.A. NOT N.J. this is P.A. where we cling to our guns remember.

  • Wendy January 12, 2019, 10:30 am

    Wolf is a socialist communist… using a sad situation to gain control… pure evil!!!

  • Mike January 12, 2019, 9:54 am

    Gun owners need to get smart and start stating to anti gunners that it is a slippery road of trying to restrict or get rid of the second amendment of the law abiding citizen. I ask them what is the oldest constitutional right, fourth amendment, second amendment or Roe v Wade. When I state that you can hear a pin drop in the room. I tell them what you forgot this is a democratic society. You mess with my rights I can mess with yours all under the pretense of public safety. Every court case to restrict or ban firearms is laying the ground work to have another right taken away in this country. I don’t get involved in your personal sex life or your family planning so don’t get involved in what kind of firearms I can and cannot own. They never want to lay the blame at the feet of the person’s feet who committed the crime but they want to go after the innocent law abiding gun owner. They always ask me when I am done speaking would I really vote against Roe v Wade or donate money to a pro life group and my answer is how many of you are against owning a AR-15. My response does give them pause and make them ponder.

  • Charled January 12, 2019, 9:38 am

    What is it that lawmakers don’t acknowledge that making laws restricting guns only take them away from law abiding citizens.
    The person willing to kill people obviously doesn’t give a dam if it is illegal to have the gun or magazines that are banned by law.
    Yet the law abiding citizen can’t be prepared to respond to such mentally disturbed individuals.
    We must vote these clowns out of office.

  • Clayton Montgomery January 12, 2019, 9:32 am

    Here’s another liberal socialist/communist trying to destroy the second amendment and will cost the state millions of dollars trying but will fail as they all do.

  • Gerry January 12, 2019, 8:05 am

    The governor forgets that pistols are semiautomatic also so police and bodyguards will have to go back to 6 shot revolvers. And the bad guys will have AR’s and such. Good logic ,Gov!!!!!!!

  • Steve January 12, 2019, 1:08 am

    It’s KDKA you twit not KDKR no wonder all the information is all screwed up

  • Justin loughner January 11, 2019, 10:14 pm

    This bullshit still amuses me …where are all the lobbyists at wanting alcohol off the streets preventing dui killing innocent drivers and their passengers day in day out for years across our nation that kill more people yearly than murders combined at ?? Oh that’s rt that’s ok because the government gets their kickbacks from booze sales…gtfo here with that ban this ban that bullshit. Very narrow thinking n quite frankly exposes the intelligence, or lack thereof that these officials possess if they think banning ANY type of weapon will reap results …ban guns , people will knives , ban knives , baseball bats, ban bats they’ll use screwdrivers , …the problem lies within the individual and not the item in question. That thing called intent Tom , is what the game changer is . If I Buy an ax from home Depot I’m using it to split wood because it’s a tool ..if mr unstable buys an ax n decides to wack up people with it , then it gets reclassified as a weapon …nothing changed it’s still an ax ..but the intent sure did . See the point ? No pun intended . Same as that car used legally it’s a great tool…drive that same car drunk and it’s a 2 ton battering ram … friggin one way thinkers

  • Jack Burton January 11, 2019, 9:43 pm

    Anyone trying to disarm the American people is a Anti-American Traitor and should be locked up!

  • bruce R January 11, 2019, 5:34 pm

    it starts with semi automatic rifles. then once they succeed with that it will keep moving forward until you can’t have a 22 for squirrel hunting. these mother Fuckers want it so they are the only ones with weapons. we would be much easier to control if that were the case. the second amendment then goes bye bye. and then follows the 1st, 3rd and so on and so fourth until we are living in a country where no one is free. all you liberals think it would make things so much safer.. lol… your trying to fuck a entire nation is what’s happening. you strip us of our weapons and we no longer have the power to stand up against a tyrannical government. say good bye to your freedom. dumb asses. all I have to say is come and get them. #3PERCENTER

  • Mike January 11, 2019, 5:24 pm

    Come get it bitch I’ll show you how it works

  • Nemo January 11, 2019, 2:48 pm

    “I mean even the president is talking about eliminating, making bump stocks illegal. I think we ought to have a universal background check,” he said on KDKR. “We should not have people (with) easy access to the weapons that killed all those innocent victims in Squirrel Hill. We’re all in different ways trying to figure out what is the way to recognize the rights of gun owners but also make ourselves safe. I think this is a good conversation to have.”

    A little dissection is in order.

    Notice how the words ‘universal background check’ carries an automatic tacit assumption that it will prevent gun violence. That can only happen – in a Liberal’s mind – when no one can pass the ‘universal background check’…and no one is armed. And you can bet a Liberal will use every verbal sleight-of-hand trick to deny that is the motivation, when the useful idiot youngsters in the ‘March for Our Lives’ made it abundantly clear that was their intent. They let the mangy, cancerous cat out of the bag and they’re trying, with seeming words of sweet wisdom like ‘common sense gun control’ to stuff that creature back in said bag.

    And from whence comes this ‘recognize’ crap? What the hell does he think he is? That is the kind of language that an autocrat uses! I don’t need the likes of this public servant who thinks he should be my master to ‘recognize’ a right that I was born with!

    Every Liberal, no matter how lower-case ‘d’ a ‘democrat’ or ‘egalitarian’ they say they are, is a closet elitist, and when pressed into a corner, eventually comes out and says it, if not directly, then with statements like this.

  • grifhunter January 11, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Pennsylvania heading towards being another northeast anti-gun state. The oldsters who were hunters and shooters are dying off and being replaced by immigrants and transfers from NY who hate guns and love liberal government.

    Oh well, we had a good run.

  • I Love Liberty January 11, 2019, 1:57 pm

    Once they get the semi automatic guns banned, then they will come back for the pump action long guns, then the lever actions, then the bolt actions until they are all gone. We do not need anymore gun laws. We need enforcement of the present laws.

    (And we also need to repeal of laws that ban semi automatic rifles and magazines that hold over ten shots. They are standard capacity magazines and crippled capacity magazines.)

  • alex January 11, 2019, 12:40 pm

    the people of PA have no one to blame but themselves!! i live in PA,the people voted this total asshole in the first time he ran on raising taxes and they voted him in,he said he was anti gun and the dumb asses either didn’t vote or voted for him! this state is done for gun owners,the big cities are communist cesspools ,the northeast part of the state is full of out of state communist,i guess we’re a shrinking minority .

    • KEN MOYER January 11, 2019, 8:26 pm

      hit nail on the head buddy Amen Pa why you vote him in?????????????????

    • Kalamity January 12, 2019, 3:16 pm

      Wait a minute. Pennsylvania is not unlike any other state in this country. We have big cities (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh) that are just full of liberal loonies that vote for morons just like Wolfe. Do you really think the smaller, rural communities voted for this dickbag? The answer is NO! Individual states need an electorate college, like a Presidential election, for ALL voting so assholes like Wolfe don’t get the “big city” vote and the MAJORITY vote is the vote that elects our appointed positions.

  • The man January 11, 2019, 11:55 am

    Well thats how they take control. Just,like the STAZI.

    • Jean Valjean January 15, 2019, 9:18 pm

      NKVD,CHEKA,Feliks Dzerzhinsky,& Genrikh Yaghoda would LOVE Wolfe a fellow Comrade

  • StevO January 11, 2019, 11:18 am

    This will kill the Ruger 10/22 plus all sales of semi auto handguns. Americans better wake up because our country is slipping away from us. The New Democratic Socialist Party is gaining speed

  • Mak January 11, 2019, 11:01 am

    I’m calling a Ban on all 5hit for brains Governors!

    • Stan January 11, 2019, 2:05 pm

      Expand the ban to the Federal level. That’ll drop the population from thousands to a few dozen.

  • J. Smith January 11, 2019, 10:58 am

    Another “political insurgent” trying to undermine the will of the people and subvert the constitution. DO NOT COMPLY!

    Please start using the term “political insurgent” and give a label to these vermin that fits them.

  • parabellum2020 January 11, 2019, 9:54 am

    Going nowhere. Just another political statement to all of the suburban soccer mommies: Hey, vote for us and we’ll rid the entire state of all violent shootings by disarming every law abiding citizen in the commonwealth.

  • Mike January 11, 2019, 9:46 am

    Thats right. We gun owners need to stand up for your rights

  • Jeff Simmons January 11, 2019, 9:45 am

    Jordan, Thank you for writing your article and, as a PA. resident (perhaps one of the more corrupt states in the USA?), I agree with the comments posted by Gary.

    Our form of democracy is a failure, as Thomas Jefferson and Alexis de Tocqueville discussed. Our Constitution has been trashed. But, I digress…

    The 2nd Amendment is specific in that it provides for an armed citizenry, whose right to arm itself cannot be infringed. This was adopted for the sole reason of providing the citizens a way for protecting themselves from the tyranny of government. So much for that.

    Actually, I think we should just go with the political flow: Along with our government providing free healthcare, financial support, retirement benefits, food, lodging, etc. (provided by debt, which has put our country on the road to collapse), I think we should start a movement to provide everybody, including the Dreamers and anyone else who lives here, with free M-16’s, M-2’s and as much ammo that can be produced. Not really, but I am just in a dreary mood…but, it almost follows the logic of our providing arms to foreign countries and their citizens to rebel against THEIR governments!

    I wish I knew of a better, more reasonable country to live in…ours is certainly being destroyed by the morons in Congress.

  • Mike January 11, 2019, 9:38 am

    Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred on April 20, 1999. This shooting was used a ar15 WHEN THERE WAS ALREADY A BIN. FUCKING DEMOCRATS. They need to think what they when they talk

    • AKB January 11, 2019, 12:54 pm

      No AR-15s were used at Columbine. I agree with the point you are trying to make about the ineffectiveness of banning guns, but having correct details and facts does matter.

    • I Love Liberty January 11, 2019, 2:01 pm

      One of the shooters at the Columbine school used a Hi Point long gun. It only had ten round magazines with the gun. He just had about fifteen of the magazines on him. Shows you how these magazine laws do nothing but cripple good citizens.

      Armed personnel at the Colorado school helped save some kids.

  • Herb T January 11, 2019, 9:18 am

    I’m sure Tom Wolf will be happy to lead by example. Take all semi-automatic weapons from his body guards and any other government employee who will accompany the governor on any trip. Also deny access and ownership of semi-automatic weapons to all registered democrats since they, along with a few terrorists, are the ones responsible for mass shootings. Of course, continue with sanctuary for illegals including drug dealers, smugglers, and ms-13 members.

  • Rob January 11, 2019, 9:09 am

    I live in NJ and seeking a state to retire that is 2A friendly PA was on my list as well as thousands more in the mass exodus away from Leftist oppression and high taxes. I guess PA doesn’t want a stronger economy and tax payers in the thousands of empty homes in their rural areas that desperately need economic stimulus from Sportsman with disposable income.

    • richard from willow January 12, 2019, 2:00 am

      you would like Missouri. we had open carry for years, and now even better we have concealed carry with no permit required.

  • Dr Motown January 11, 2019, 8:41 am

    “Only semi-automatic rifles?” Forgot to add: “at this time.” You know pistols, revolvers, and auto-loader shotguns will inevitably be next

  • Luis Bonilla January 11, 2019, 8:15 am

    Just another political stupid thought and act that will not work in stopping
    a criminal from killing .
    What is he doing to help PA citizens on matters that can help improve Pennsylvania ,
    That is not gun related ?

  • Roger Dodger January 11, 2019, 7:56 am

    This will never fly in Pennsyltucky. Another delusional partisan hack trying to pander to his base, but this time it just happens to be a Democrat.

  • joefoam January 11, 2019, 7:38 am

    Make sure all the LEOs hand in their semi auto rifles and pistols. Lets see how much safer we are.

  • BigC January 11, 2019, 7:34 am

    I’ll wager this POS has bodyguards with numerous semi-auto weapons!!! Typical Democrap………do as I say, not as I do!!!

  • David G. Leli January 11, 2019, 7:23 am

    The population of Pennsylvania has become very progressive and left leaning in the recent years
    There is a cultural divide where the hunter-sportsman and the shooting-sportsman are divided.

    Right into the progressive plan of we will not take your granddad’s hunting rifle, under some laws on the progressive states we all know is an already illegal act.

    Get it together firearm owners or we will have surely hang alone.

    D Leli

  • AJ January 11, 2019, 7:04 am

    Pennsylvania Governor to look at banning “assault” vehicles to keep pedestrians safe. Any vehicle that moves in either direction automatically with the depression of an accelerator will be considered in his proposal. Also, the accelerator of a vehicle will now be called the “DUI” button. 110% (including your dead grandparents) of Americans agree that binary males can not be trusted with their own free will.

    Also, men, who do not identify as being “gender neutral” will be given order by the government to remove their penis to prevent rape. Failure to do so may be considered a felony and hurt Democrats feeling. The male genitals will now be considered a “rape stick” under the new proposal. 450% of Americans are said to be proponents of the bill to come.

    That is all…

  • Leon January 11, 2019, 6:57 am

    To all the gun owners that vote for Democrats, this is and will always be what you will get. The GOP is not always a safe bet, but with a Democrat you WILL get gun control every time, count on it.

    • Mike January 11, 2019, 9:41 am

      Thats right. We gun owners need to stand up for your rights

  • Gary January 11, 2019, 6:35 am

    Makes sense. I live in PA. So this makes perfect sense to my luck. I’m so sick of this crap from the left. You have people stabbing, strangling, raping, molesting, etc etc etc and in all those instances, it’s never the item used in the crime that’s a problem UNTIL you introduce the fact a gun was involved. Then it’s not the perp who committed the crime it’s the gun. Makes my head spin.

    • Cyrus January 11, 2019, 9:33 am

      They need to also Outlaw Spoons because they are responsible for making people Fat!

      • William January 12, 2019, 12:39 pm

        I love these posts.
        We patriots need to wake up our friends and acquaintances before it’s too late.
        The country is being slowly overtaken by the mentally unstable. Yes these so called, “progressives” are really REGRESSIVES MORONS! And they will plunge our beloved country to another thousand years of darkness if we let them.

    • Mike January 11, 2019, 9:45 am

      Nicely said

  • Mark Hopkins January 11, 2019, 6:33 am

    Boy, I’m sure glad I don’t live in Penisvainia. Looks like more and more states are falling into totalitarian/communism. Pretty soon they’ll probably start adopting state flags with the hammer and sickle on a rainbow background. This country is being overrun with evil power hungry morons.

    • Jeff Yarger January 13, 2019, 9:48 pm

      Their Governor is an idiot.
      A magazine feed shotgun with 00 buck could do way more damage in a closed area than any automatic rifle.
      Their goal is total gun control!

      • Jeff Yarger January 13, 2019, 9:52 pm

        Besides, FBI statistics prove that way more people are killed buy knives and blunt objects than by any firearm!

        • David Weaver January 15, 2019, 6:59 am


          The correct answer is that many more persons are murdered by knives, blunt objects, and hands and feet than all “long guns” (rifles or shotguns) put together. The category “long guns” includes “semi-automatic” rifles, but these represent a small fraction of the total “long guns”. Knives alone are used about 5 times more often than all long guns put together.

          A little more than half of all murders in the US are committed using a firearm – something like 97% of that total are “pistols” (of all types)…

  • Patriot4 life January 11, 2019, 6:28 am

    ” The Tree of Liberty must be Refreshed from Time to Time with the Blood of Patriots and TYRANTS ” … Thomas Jefferson.

  • Jack Blade January 11, 2019, 4:40 am

    Never happen fascist gruber Dems! A Civil War will take place before anything like that could be forced upon the citizenry!

  • Rich January 11, 2019, 4:19 am

    So…the weapons crawled out of closets and lockers on their own, and killed the people at Squirrel Hill? Typically idiotic liberal commie. If he and his cronies and colleagues treated drunk driving incidents they way they treat mass shootings, we’d all be walking, or back to the bad old days of Prohibition, because cars and/or alcohol would be banned. And lest we forget, Prohibition ended up leading to MORE criminal activity that it ever solved.

  • Chastran January 10, 2019, 7:11 pm

    Another Democrappy governor spouting the party line to violate the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because he fears what our
    fore fathers planned for citizens to deal with out of control corrupt
    politicians. Yes, he could be the first to be dealt with…

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