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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has an extremely spotty record when it comes to the 2nd Amendment, and gun owners in the Keystone State have a lot of fresh questions this week.

Just days ago, the embattled Governor was forced to reconcile the state’s medicinal marijuana legislation after gun rights advocates took umbrage so the language put forth in the bill that could be interpreted as an ultimatum:  You can either have a gun or medicinal marijuana, but not both, as an individual.

Thankfully, Wolf was able to make it clear that Pennsylvanians weren’t going to be forced to choose between the two, but only days before another potential affront to the right to bear arms became readily apparent.

“Pennsylvania Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf is getting heat over the prospect that an emergency declaration on the state’s opioid epidemic may target firearms as a side effect.

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“Wolf signed a sweeping 90-day disaster declaration on Wednesday characterizing the state’s heroin and opioid problem a public health emergency, saying he was using ‘every tool at my disposal to get those suffering from substance use disorders into treatment, save more lives, and improve response coordination.’

“However, both gun rights lawyers in the Commonwealth and Republican lawmakers soon pointed out that state law provides a wide range of firearms restrictions during a declared emergency including carry bans in certain public areas and the prospect of gun confiscation.

“’There is no reason why addressing this crisis should come at the expense of our Second Amendment rights,’ said state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, who is mounting a campaign to challenge Wolf for his job in November. ‘The sloppiness of this declaration is another example of the incompetence of this administration, and calls into question whether this was a good faith effort from the Governor to help those suffering from addiction or just another thoughtless political ploy to silence the critics who’ve been saying hasn’t done nearly enough on the issue.'”

Luckily for Wolf, there is a strong correlation between the advent of medical marijuana and a decrease in opioid addiction that could be useful in this particular situation.

For now, Wolf is on thin ice with 2nd Amendment advocates, and he’ll likely need to make a drastic change in outlook if he hopes to keep his job in 2018’s election.

 

 

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