Krueger-Braneky: President Obama’s executive action on gun safety necessary to protect Pennsylvania families

FOLSOM, Jan. 5 – Praising President Barack Obama for his executive actions to curb gun violence, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, said she hopes Pennsylvania will follow suit and address the lingering issues surrounding firearm background checks by passing House Bill 1010.

"President Obama acted admirably today by refusing to allow a gridlocked Congress currently held hostage by the National Rifle Association to continue stonewalling attempts at commonsense firearm legislation," Krueger-Braneky said. "Americans from every state, especially Pennsylvania, are tired of expecting politicians to keep their families safe, only to watch time and time again as they vote with the NRA. This mindless abdication of duty to the public's safety has to end."

The executive action package aims to curb gun violence with multiple measures, including closing the gun show loophole, which allows private sellers to avoid performing background checks when selling long guns; requiring purchasers who are buying a weapon through a trust or corporation to undergo a background check, which is not currently required; increasing funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for additional agents to enforce current laws; cracking down on the illegal purchase of firearms online; and directing the Department of Defense, Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology.

Krueger-Braneky is a co-sponsor of House Bill 1010, which would serve as an enhancement to President Obama’s executive order. Introduced Oct. 28, H.B. 1010 would require all purchasers of firearms – including the private sale of long guns – to first undergo a background check.

"I have spoken to constituents on the topic of gun safety and they overwhelmingly support commonsense legislation like House Bill 1010. No one -- not even hunters such as those in my own family -- fails to recognize the need for basic background checks on each and every gun purchase," Krueger-Braneky said. "This bill has bipartisan support. It’s time the General Assembly votes this legislation into law."