The state House of Representatives voted Wednesday to name the Pennsylvania long rifle the state’s official weapon and the Piper J-3 Cub Pennsylvania’s official aircraft.
Among the few lawmakers opposing the bill was Philadelphia Democrat Mark Cohen, who noted that official status has not been given in the past to commercial products. Cohen’s main concern, though, involves the state weapon. His district in Philadelphia continues to see an upsurge in shooting incidents.
The bill, containing both “official” proposals, passed the House by a 173-to-24 vote, and was sent on to the Senate.