House Judiciary chairman sets special public hearings on gun safety, reform bills

HARRISBURG, March 7 – A set of public hearings to explore legislation to help stem gun violence and mass shootings is scheduled next month, PA SAFE Caucus leaders announced today.

“It has become acutely apparent that measures need to be taken to prevent these situations from happening in the future,” wrote state House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin, in a letter Tuesday inviting House lawmakers to testify.

The announcement follows a statewide push by the PA SAFE Caucus to funnel Pennsylvanians’ calls for reform to state Capitol leadership in the wake of mass shootings across the country.

“This is one of the most important safety issues we face, and I am pleased that the Judiciary chair has recognized the need to address gun violence,” said PA SAFE Caucus Co-chairwoman Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery. “The students in Parkland are leading the fight for real reforms; it is now up to us to listen and make sure these hearings lead to meaningful passage of legislation that will save lives.”

“We look forward to a robust, honest and fair discussion about the specific actions we will take to turn the tide against gun violence and deliver on our promise as elected officials to keep Pennsylvanians safe,” said PA SAFE Caucus Co-chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny.

The hearings will be held:

  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, April 9 in Room 140, Main Capitol

  • 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 in Room 140, Main Capitol

  • 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11 in Room 140, Main Capitol

A fourth hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 12. The time and location are to be determined.