PA Lawmaker Seeks Sponsors For Bill To Ban Silhouette Targets

January 22 2015
by Sam Cadle
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As if we don’t have enough silly stuff to deal with right now with Sharon Watts calling for her followers to assault people legally carrying weapons. Now it looks like a lawmaker is pushing a bill to ban the use of silhouette targets.

Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (D) wants people to know that life is precious, all life.  Including the poor guy printed on the target I guess.  But what he fails to realize is that they are used for a purpose, to train citizens and law enforcement to gun fight.  They teach the person shooting what they are going to likely see in the event of a self-defense shooting.  They build muscle memory and help shooters train for the possibility that they may one day need to put their training to use.

Rep. Kirkland recommends that they switch to animals that are hunted, asking “Why not use a deer, why not use an animal that folks are hunting and not a human silhouette?

I say that this probably will not get much traction, but I look around and see how many ranges even local to me that do not allow silhouette targets on their ranges.  I can name at least three right off the top of my head.  So this looks like it could be one of those things that is polarizing to the firearms community.

How many readers here know of, or go to ranges that don’t allow silhouette targets?

Here is the local story:

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – With a new legislative session beginning in Harrisburg, a Democratic representative is already drawing the ire of gun supporters by working on a bill that aims to ban human silhouette targets from civilian shooting ranges throughout the state.

Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (D-Delaware) issued a memorandum Jan. 8 to gather co-sponsors for the bill. So far, he says nearly 10 other lawmakers have signed on.

Kirkland argues that using human silhouettes, especially for children, perpetuates violence.

“All we are trying to do here is making sure that folks realize that life is precious; don’t care whose life it is, life is precious. And to place up on a wall a silhouette of a human being and being the practice of killing, it is a really bad practice,” Kirkland told ABC 27. “Why not use a deer, why not use an animal that folks are hunting and not a human silhouette?”

Opponents in and out of the state legislature are already firing back.

“This is demagoguery by the anti-Second Amendment crowd who continue to try to penalize law-abiding citizens instead of going after the criminals,” said Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny/Washington).

“We have a right to defend ourselves and if we have a perpetrator who is another person and you are going to practice self-defense, it would make sense to practice on a silhouette target,” Joseph Staudt, owner of Staudt’s Gun Shop in West Hanover Township said.

Kirkland plans on presenting the bill in the coming weeks.

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