Donatucci: House committee votes on gun safety legislation

HARRISBURG, June 19 – The House Judiciary Committee today voted on several gun safety bills, including legislation authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., which would deal with people with mental health issues and firearms.

House Bill 273 would establish a voluntary "no firearm purchase list" that the Pennsylvania State Police would maintain. A person could request to be placed on the list for at least one year and up to five years. State police also would inform a person 20 days before his or her time ends on the list and provide a way for reenlistment should that person desire.

“This bill is similar to legislation that created the existing voluntary gambling self-exclusion list. It would help people who are struggling with mental or physical health issues and who fear they may be a danger to themselves or others,” Donatucci said. “If my legislation could save at least one life, then it is truly worth it.”

In addition to Donatucci’s bill, the following pieces of legislation were voted out of the committee and will now go to the full House of Representatives for a vote:

  • H.B. 2060 – Would require a person to surrender his or her firearms 48 hours after being convicted of domestic violence.
  • H.B. 2227 – Would prohibit someone who could be an extreme risk of causing harm to himself, herself or others from possessing firearms.
  • H.B. 2275 – Would prosecute someone convicted of attempted rape, conspiracy to commit murder or robbery for carrying a firearm.
  • H.B. 2463 – Would require a person prohibited from possessing firearms as a result of actions taken under state law to apply to the Court of Common Pleas to drop the prohibitions.