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Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Wolf Attempts to Deceive Voters

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Wolf Attempts to Deceive Voters

A new group by the name of "Sportsmen for Wolf" has been launched in Pennsylvania with the intention to deceive voters of the Keystone State about the Second Amendment positions of gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. We at the National Rifle Association find it interesting that a candidate who has been endorsed by the leading gun control group in Pennsylvania, CeasefirePA, and who refused to answer our state candidate questionnaire, could be considered "pro-gun," as "Sportsmen for Wolf" would lead you to believe.

"Sportsmen for Wolf" would like you to think that "Tom Wolf supports the Second Amendment and he will protect gun owners' rights."  A quick look at his CeasefirePA candidate survey paints a very different picture of him.  According to his survey responses available online, here are a few of Wolf's positions on issues of importance to gun owners and sportsmen:

  • WOLF  supports expanding background checks to cover all private sales of long guns, including shotguns and hunting rifles
  • WOLF  is open to the possibility of requiring background checks for the purchase of ammunition
  • WOLF  opposes eliminating the duplicative Pennsylvania Instant Criminal Background Check System to instead rely on the commonly used National Instant Criminal Background Check System
  • WOLF  is open to the possibility of requiring gun dealers to provide inventory to local law enforcement
  • WOLF  is open to the possibility of requiring ammunition sellers, such as your local store, to obtain a license to sell OR TRANSFER ammunition, similar to the license that is already required to sell a firearm
  • WOLF  supports legislation to require victims of firearm theft to report the crime to law enforcement or become a criminal themselves
  • WOLF  opposes allowing gun owners and organizations to bring lawsuits against municipalities that enact local ordinances that go against state law by placing restrictions on firearm ownership that go above and beyond what is allowed by state law, creating an impossible patchwork of firearm restrictions
  • WOLF  supports mandating firearm locking devices and supports requiring gun owners to keep firearms and ammunition in separate secure locations, severely limiting the ability of firearm owners to access a gun for self-defense purposes
  • WOLF  supports banning commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms owned by millions of gun owners and sportsmen at both the state and federal levels
  • WOLF  supports arbitrarily limiting ammunition magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition, which primarily affects handguns designed for self-defense
  • WOLF  opposes national reciprocity for concealed carry permits, which would create one uniform concealed carry permit, allowing permit holders to protect themselves no matter which state they are in without fear of prosecution
  • WOLF  gave an ambiguous answer when asked if he would prohibit self-defense on college campuses by banning the possession of firearms
  • WOLF   is endorsed by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control organization, “Everytown for Gun Safety.”  Bloomberg is spending millions to elect candidates like Tom Wolf, and Tom Wolf supports Bloomberg’s gun control agenda.

Clearly, these are not the positions of someone who supports the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Pennsylvania. Tom Wolf supports measures that would create more red tape and hassle for sportsmen or anyone who wishes to legally possess a firearm, and supports legislation that would further restrict your rights.  Accordingly, Tom Wolf was graded an "F" by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. Please remember this when you vote in November; Tom Wolf is not a friend to gun owners or Second Amendment supporters.


The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is NRA's political action committee. The NRA-PVF ranks political candidates — irrespective of party affiliation — based on voting records, public statements and their responses to an NRA-PVF questionnaire.