Frankel stands with Wolf, calls for legislature to act on gun violence

Calls governor’s executive actions a strong start, but says legislature must act

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in announcing a slate of executive actions to make sweeping changes to state agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence.

At a news conference Friday in Harrisburg announcing the executive actions, Wolf directed his administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states.

Frankel who joined Wolf at the press conference and spoke in support of the governor’s actions, expressed his gratitude for Wolf’s leadership and said the state legislature must commit to taking on gun violence when it returns to session in September.

“There is so much more Pennsylvania’s legislature can do to prevent tragedies,” said Frankel, who has previously called for a special session to address the issue in Pennsylvania. “We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of the horrific attack on a synagogue in my district. We lost 11 people in minutes that day, and many of those individuals were my friends. Since then, my county alone has lost dozens more lives in gun suicides and homicides. None of this is ok. Every one of us should be waking up in the morning and asking, ‘what am I doing to reduce gun violence?’”

Frankel has proposed legislation which would allow local governments to pass their own firearms ordinances, toughen the state’s hate crime laws and strengthen gun safety policies at the state and local level. He has steadfastly urged legislative leaders to move these and other bills out of committee and to allow for votes to be taken on legislation to help end gun violence in Pennsylvania.