Tea party to host GOP gun advocate

State Rep. Daryl D. Metcalfe, R-Cranberry Township, will be the featured speaker Wednesday at a town hall meeting on a bill he authored designed to nullify any federal laws to register, restrict or ban a firearm or to limit the size of a magazine or firearm in Pennsylvania.

The Williamsport Tea Party is sponsoring the event at 7 p.m. at the Genetti Hotel grand ballroom.

Also present will be state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, a co-sponsor of House Bill 357, known as the Right to Bear Arms Protection Act.

Metcalfe’s legislation, which was introduced on Jan. 25, is among proposals in more than 25 states to limit the federal government’s role in imposing new gun control laws. The legislator said he modeled his bill similar to those recently introduced in Wyoming and Texas.

Attendees of the event will learn from Metcalfe about his thoughts on gun control and the state’s right to nullify federal laws deemed to be unconstitutional, according to information provided by Williamsport Tea Party representatives.

Everett said that Metcalfe’s proposal has teeth to it.

“I don’t think it’s just symbolic,” he said. “It’s intended to send a message.”

If passed, the law would mean that anyone – even federal agents – who try to enforce any type of gun control restriction within the state would face arrest and being charged with a felony offense, according to the state House Republican Caucus.

The law also would require the state attorney general to act on behalf of citizens against federal attempts to impose gun registration, restrictions or bans of presently legal firearms or accessories.

Everett said attempts to circumvent the Second Amendment are just another example of a “federal government (that) over-reaches, telling states how to do things.”

State Rep. Matthew E. Baker, R-Wellsboro, also is a co-sponsor of Metcalfe’s legislation.

State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Duncansville, also has introduced legislation that would limit the federal government’s role in state gun laws. His proposal would prohibit the use of state or local resources, including personnel, buildings and equipment, to enforce any new federal gun restrictions against presently legal products in the state.

For more information about the town hall meeting, visit www.facebook.com/WilliamsportTeaParty/events.