ICYMI: Scott Wagner: “I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on, we know there is a crisis, and we will do everything we can, but we don’t want to infringe on rights.”  

2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner joined WHPT’s Dom Giordano this morning to discuss how Governor Wolf’s statewide disaster declaration to  combat the opioid epidemic infringes on the rights of gun owners.

The audio and transcripts for the highlights of the interview can be found below.

Wagner explains the problem with Governor Wolf’s emergency declaration. Listen to the audio HERE

SCOTT WAGNER: Governor Wolf issued a state of emergency with the opioid crisis and it affects – and it gets complex, and I’ve been spending a lot of time with my policy people and the legal people, but it affects open carry in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania it is legal to open carry a handgun if you have it out on your belt and it’s open and everybody can see it. That was legal before this state of emergency, the declaration, was issued.

Wagner’s responds to how the Governor should have approached his state of emergency declaration differently. Listen to the audio HERE

DOM: GIORDANO: What should the Governor do at this point around the firearms thing, then?

SCOTT WAGNER: Here’s the bottomline, Dom. Back in 2017, January of 2017, which is a year ago, I cosponsored Senate Bill 36. And that bill would have amended Title 18 to prohibit firearms rights from being restricted during an emergency declaration. Okay? What the Governor should have done, what his people should have done, is that they should have paid attention to this. They should have come to somebody maybe in the legislature, whether it was in the House or Senate, but this was in the Senate, and said, listen, how can we fast track this bill, and we could have gotten this bill passed. And the Governor is saying that we worked for months on this emergency – this state of emergency. If they had worked on this for months and had done their homework, they would have found this out. Now, we were in session in December. We could have easily passed Senate Bill 36. I mean, a bill like this is pretty critical. Listen, we all – every House and Senate member, I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on, you know there is a crisis, and we will do everything we can, but we don’t want to infringe on rights. But the bottomline is Senate Bill 36 has been hanging out there for a year.

Wagner responds to critics that claim he doesn’t know how to address the opioid epidemic. Listen to the audio HERE

SCOTT WAGNER: There was a writer in one of the local papers that took a shot at me about – what solutions am I offering for the opioid crisis. And Dom, we all know that the opioid heroin crisis is off the charts and it’s way beyond code red and it’s been way beyond code red for many, many years. But in 2014, and we are talking three and a half years ago, in July of 2014, I along, Senator Wagner along with our Assistant District Attorney Dave Sunday and our Coroner Pam Gay, we formed the York County Heroin Task Force in 2014. We’ve been up and running for three and a half years. We are doing cutting edge things in our county.