Pennsylvania Long Rifle to be state’s official firearm?

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/01/sen_pat_browne_wants_pennsylva.html

Republican State Senator Pat Browne of Lehigh County is sponsoring a bill to make The Long Rifle the official state firearm. If the bill becomes low Pennsylvania would become the first state in the United States to have an official firearm.

From the above linked article:

“If you have to have a state gun, I believe it’s the most logical choice,” said Randy Hackenburg of Boiling Springs, a retiree who served as firearms curator at the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks.

The Pennsylvania Rifle was developed by craftsmen in the mid-18th century. Using native iron and woods, the earliest versions could take upward of 200 hours to build.

The long-barreled rifles developed in Pennsylvania were renowned for their leaps forward in accuracy and range, their durability, and — with their unique color combinations, carvings and engraved brasswork — they also have become appreciated as a prime example of early American art.

“It served, truly, to help win the battles that established our independence … and to open up the frontier as the nation moved west,” Hackenburg said.

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