PA SAFE Members Applaud Governor’s Executive Order Addressing Gun Violence

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – House members of the PA SAFE Caucus and others 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.

Reps. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) joined Wolf at the news conference and spoke of the significance of the governor’s actions in light of recent events in their districts, expressed gratitude for Wolf’s leadership and said the state legislature must commit to taking on gun violence when it returns to session in September. 

Speaking on the tragic impact of gun violence in not only his district, but in those across Pennsylvania, Harris said, “This must stop. It must end. There are far too many victims, there are far too many people who have lost their life to gun violence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Time is out for the talk. We have to do action, and we have to do it now.”

Furthering this call for action, Frankel said, “We currently have about two dozen reasonable, common sense reform bills languishing in the House without so much as a committee hearing.”

Reps. Movita Johnson-Harrell, Mike Zabel, Tim Briggs, Joanna McClinton, Patty Kim and Maureen Madden were also in attendance from the House PA Safe Caucus.

Legislation that would require universal background checks, safe storage of firearms, and provide municipal and county governments the latitude needed to create local gun safety laws tailored to the needs of their constituents have been proposed and introduced by PA SAFE Caucus members. To track the status of these proposals, visit https://www.legis.state.pa.us/.