Dawkins supports legislation to protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence

HARRISBURG, June 19 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today voted in favor of H.B. 2060, legislation that would strengthen the Protection from Abuse (PFA) Act and convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence that require relinquishment of firearms by limiting the third-party safekeeping options available for firearms. 

“We’ve heard of far too many incidents of needless violence where perpetrators have used guns obtained from friends and family after a PFA order has been issued,” Dawkins said. “Prohibiting family and friends from taking weapons from the convicted individual and reducing the maximum time for relinquishment of firearms from 60 days to 48 hours are essential for victims of domestic violence when facing imminent threats from their abusers.” 

The legislation, voted out of the House Judiciary Committee today, is similar to Dawkins’ H.B. 2097, which aims to create a statewide notification system to alert victims of domestic violence, the general public, and law enforcement agencies when a known domestic violence abuser attempts to purchase or transfer a gun at a licensed firearms dealer.

“I’m glad to see more legislators who understand the importance of protecting victims of domestic violence by limiting their abuser’s ability to possess and procure firearms,” Dawkins said.

The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.