Briggs, Policy Committee examine gun safety legislation

KING OF PRUSSIA, Sept. 3 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on gun safety legislation.

Briggs requested the hearing to discuss several bills: H.B 525, to require the safe storage of firearms; H.B. 673, to require universal background checks; and H.B. 1288, to require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms.

Testifiers from the law enforcement, medical and social services communities discussed the bills. Briggs was joined by legislators from across the state.

“We have to do something to curb the gun violence that is affecting communities throughout Pennsylvania – and we can,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery and Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “Today’s hearing was an opportunity to really examine these bills so that we’re prepared to take action when the House returns to session. I’m grateful to the testifiers who helped us explore these issues today, and I’ve urged Judiciary Chairman Rob Kauffman to swiftly bring these bills up for a vote in committee.”

The legislators were joined by U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-PA, who testified from the federal perspective.

“America’s gun violence epidemic claims more than 100 lives every day, and our communities have had enough. They know that the safety of our families, friends and neighbors is on the line – and that it’s time to implement common-sense gun safety legislation,” Dean said. “It’s simple: these bills will save lives. Thank you to Representative Briggs and the Policy Committee for shedding light on these issues – and know that Democrats in Congress will continue to advance similar legislation.”

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

Hearing testimony will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.