Briggs to host Policy Committee hearing on gun safety reform Tuesday in King of Prussia

KING OF PRUSSIA, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, and Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on gun safety reform legislation.

The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s Eastern Regional Office, 251 Flint Hill Road, King of Prussia PA. The media and the public are invited to attend.

After Gov. Tom Wolf called for urgent action on specific bills to address gun violence, Briggs requested the hearing to discuss the following legislation: H.B 525, to require the safe storage of firearms from children; H.B. 673, to require universal background checks; and H.B. 1288, to require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

The agenda includes speakers from the law enforcement and the medical and social services communities. Testifiers will include U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-PA; Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele; Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny; Dr. Steven Shapiro, chair of pediatrics at Abington-Jefferson Health; Dr. Zoe Maher, assistant professor of surgery at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine; and Deb Shoemaker, executive director of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society.

The meeting is one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, healthcare access, quality schools and job training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com.

For more information about the Policy Committee, residents may visit www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.