McNeill supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s gun violence prevention executive order

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf's executive order today on gun violence prevention. 

“Communities across the commonwealth and across the country are experiencing tragedy and terror by senseless gun violence. In Allentown, residents are dealing with shootings driven in part by gang violence, and our dedicated law enforcement puts their lives on the line every time they answer shots-fired calls.

“Far too often we’re seeing schools, places of worship, businesses, shopping centers and neighborhoods becoming targets. People are living in fear wondering if they will be the next victim of violence. The efforts the governor is undertaking to curb gun violence are a big step in the right direction without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of our citizens.

“I strongly support the governor’s executive order to reduce suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania, but as he said today, an executive order on gun violence is not enough. My colleagues and I must take up common sense gun legislation, including closing background check loopholes and 'red flag' laws that would prevent those who are deemed a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns.

“The safety of all Pennsylvanians is the primary focus for every lawmaker, and every resident young and old has the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as well as the right to be in a public place and not worry about being in the crossfire. I am ready to make the tough votes and pass legislation that will keep Pennsylvanians safe from these tragedies,” McNeill said.