Aug. 18, 2023

HARRISBURG – Rep. Jacob Banta (R-Erie) is accusing the Biden Administration of stepping on the Second Amendment rights of Americans by withdrawing funding for schools with hunting and archery programs based on its interpretation of new law. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) became law last year, it is a broad-brush approach to curbing gun-related violence by the federal government. The BSCA is the predicate the Biden White House is using to withhold funding for these programs. Banta strongly opposed this latest attack on the Second Amendment by issuing the following statement:

“The Biden Administration’s outrageous intrusion on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens is one that will not go unnoticed in Northwest Pennsylvania,” Banta said. “This is the latest in a string of attacks on the Second Amendment made by this president.

“In the 4th Legislative District, hunting is how many families not only survive, but thrive off of the land. Hunting and archery programs in our schools offer an incredible opportunity for our next generation to learn how to bear arms responsibly, as well as connect with nature, You cannot simply make our way of life go away with the stroke of a pen from the oval office. Creating an environment where less people get a proper education on gun and bow safety can only lead to a higher rate of accidents. The Biden Administration is taking arbitrary steps like this to undermine American values.

“This new policy seems to be solely focused on ensuring young hunters are less safe when handling a bow or a firearm. It seems as though this administration wants to discourage the passing down hunting from one generation to the next. The good people in the 4th Legislative District will not stand for this.”

Representative Jake Banta
4th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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