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PA Halts Gun sales 72 hours

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PA Halts Gun sales 72 hours

Postby gtk » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:44 pm

I saw this on tndeer..

72-hour gun sales freeze still on, despite protests (PA)

Governor moves ahead with sales shutdown, saying there will never be an “ideal time” to inconvenience businesses.

PENNSYLVANIA - Despite howls of protest from sportsmen's groups, gun-rights advocates and legislators, Pennsylvania State Police will go ahead with a 72-hour gun-sales freeze starting Sunday.

A last-ditch effort to stop the gun-sales ban now shifts to a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court brought by three disgruntled Lancaster County gun shops and 23 others from around the state.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday in Commonwealth Court on a motion for an injunction to stop the gun-sales prohibition. Among the plaintiffs are The Sportsman's Shop in New Holland, Trop Gun Shop in Elizabethtown and Village Arms in Gap.

State police will shut down the computerized background check system from 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 p.m. Wednesday — one day earlier than originally planned — in order to install a database upgrade. The shutdown had previously been announced to run through Thursday. With no background check in place, guns may not be sold commercially.

Gun shop owners cried foul because the shutdown coincides with the opening of goose and dove seasons and, they say, they will lose business. Sportsman's groups considered the timing of the shutdown a slap in the face of hunters.

Gov. Ed Rendell, acknowledging the timing of the shutdown was poorly planned, appointed a special panel last week to recommend what should be done.

The panel urged State Police to hold the computer update in late December or early January instead.

Many thought a compromise was at hand. But after meeting with State Police Commissioner Jeffrey Miller Tuesday afternoon, Rendell announced the computer work would begin on Sunday, as scheduled.

"It is clear that there will never be an ideal time to temporarily shut down the system so we can make changes necessary to ensure the system continues to be safe and useful," Rendell said in a written statement.

"It'll have an impact on every gun shop in the state. And, it's just idiocy," Larry Van Brookhoven, a manager at Trop Gun Shop, told the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Melody Zullinger, executive director of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and a member of the advisory panel Rendell appointed, fumed, "Unbelievable. It's just a slap-in-the-face type scenario...where they said, 'We're going to do what we want to do, regardless of what anybody else thinks or wants.' "
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