Lawmaker works to ban human silhouette targets at shooting ranges

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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