Pennsylvania Pol Lobbies for 'State Gun'
Long rifle would be nation's first designated weapon
By Nx Doyle,  Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2010 9:12 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Jan 28, 2010 9:12 AM CST
Sales associate David Jarasiewicz shows a pink .22 caliber youth model rifle in the gun department of the Sportsman's Warehouse in Ben Avon, Pa., Tuesday, March 3, 2009.    (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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(User Submitted) – Every state has its official symbols, from the state flower of Texas (the bluebonnet) to the state drink of Wisconsin (milk). Now state senator Pat Browne wants Pennsylvania to be the first state to have an official state firearm. The Lehigh County Republican is sponsoring a bill that would give the honor to the Pennsylvania Long Rifle.

Supporters of the move say the measure is a celebration of history and a Pennsylvanian contribution to America’s independence, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports. But opponents find the idea outrageous, given that the state's cities are scarred by gun-related crimes.

 

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