Prompted by Shooting Death of Local Teen, State Rep. Comitta Introduces Gun Legislation

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta

Prompted by the shooting death of local teenager Bianca Roberson in West Goshen last year, State Rep. Carolyn Comitta has introduced legislation to ban carrying loaded firearms in vehicles, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.

The law would be named “Bianca’s Law,” after the young Rustin High School graduate who was shot in June 2017 during a fit of road rage.

“What happened to Bianca should never have happened,” said Comitta. “We cannot allow residents of the Commonwealth to live in danger of firearm violence as a result of road rage.”

House Bill 2669 would prohibit the carrying of a loaded firearm in any vehicle, except for game hunting, law enforcement, military personnel, and security drivers. Anyone found with a loaded firearm in their vehicle for the first time will be charged with a misdemeanor, then first-degree misdemeanor for subsequent offenses.

Comitta said that studies have shown that motorists with a firearm in their vehicles are more prone to anger and are more likely to drive aggressively.

Further analysis revealed that road rage incidents in which someone brandished a gun increased dramatically over a three-year period, from 247 in 2014 to 620 in 2016.

Read more about the proposed legislation in the Daily Local News here.

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