Oct. 10, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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Mon Valley Moment: Know Your Gun Rights

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My latest Mon Valley Moment video is your personal invitation to attend our next Concealed Carry Seminar on Thursday, Oct. 24, beginning at 6 p.m., at the California Hill Gun Club, 150 California Drive, Route 88, California.

Featured speaker Kim Stolfer, president, Firearms Owners Against Crime, will present the facts and answer questions about Pennsylvania’s concealed carry process; the Castle Doctrine; unconstitutional red flag gun confiscation laws—which were recently adopted in the City of Pittsburgh and also introduced in the state Legislature (House Bill 1075)—and other valuable information regarding firearms safety and state gun laws including:

• How to obtain a permit to carry concealed firearms.
• Legal enforcement of the laws.
• Self-defense and your rights.
• Reciprocity laws.
• Firearms safety.
• State hunting and trespassing laws.

It is extremely important for those who are looking into obtaining a concealed carry permit or those who currently hold the permit to become fully informed regarding the constitutional rights they are blessed to have as an American gun owner. These no-cost seminars have become extremely popular, and I am pleased to be able to bring this learning opportunity to the citizens of California and surrounding areas.

Due to limited seating, interested individuals must pre-register for this FREE seminar as soon as possible by calling the Belle Vernon district office at 724-929-2660.
 
 
REAL ID Deadline Less Than One Year Away


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding customers that federal enforcement of the REAL ID Act will begin at airports and secure federal facilities nationwide starting on Oct. 1, 2020.

As of that date, you will have to have a federally accepted form of identification – such as a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or identification card, or a U.S. passport/passport card or military ID – to board a commercial flight (including domestic flights) or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door.

Since March 2019, when REAL ID first became available in the Commonwealth, more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians have chosen to get a REAL ID-compliant product. Based on data from other states with optional REAL ID programs, PennDOT anticipates that approximately 1.3 million of its customers will get a REAL ID before the federal enforcement deadline next year.

Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify a variety of documents to prove a person’s identity, including documentation of name changes, as well as their Social Security number and place of residence.

For information about required documents, how to get them verified and other frequently asked questions about REAL ID, click here.
 
 
‘Do Not Call’ Updates to Better Serve Consumers Now Law


Legislation to improve and strengthen Pennsylvania’s Do Not Call list is now law.

House Bill 318 (Act 73 of 2019) amends the 1996 Telemarketer Registration Act by removing the renewal requirement and providing residents with the ability to register their phone numbers on the Pennsylvania Do Not Call list permanently. Currently, phone numbers must be re-registered every five years.

The bill also aims to reduce the annoyance of telemarketing calls by banning the calls on legal holidays. Computerized auto-dialers (robocalls) would be required to give residents an “opt-out” option at the beginning of the call.

The measure also allows businesses to register their numbers on the state’s Do Not Call list.

For more information or to register your phone number, click here. 
 
 
PennDOT Closures for Columbus Day Weekend


All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Oct. 12, through Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver-training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
 
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