Rep. Kirkland appointed to Gov. Wolf’s Special Council on Gun Violence

(Dec 04, 2019)

The Special Council was created as part of Wolf’s executive order signed in August and tasked with studying and making recommendations to prevent and reduce gun violence. Read more

 

Fitzgerald introduces legislation to protect gun owners, promote public safety

(Nov 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 25 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced she has introduced a series of bills designated to protect law-abiding gun owners, children and residents in the commonwealth. “It’s unfortunate that anyone could potentially become a victim to gun violence here in Pennsylvania. Whether accidental or intentional, one life lost is one too many. We must put commonsense legislation in place to prevent senseless killings from occurring in the future,” Fitzgerald said. “My three bills would preserve the rights of Pennsylvanians who are carrying guns legally, safeguard our children from being killed accidentally and enforce a ‘cooling-off’ period for a person who may have experienced an unpleasant incident in their life and who looks to potentially commit an act of violence.” The bills introduced by Fitzgerald are: H.B. 2076 – Would require driver’s licenses and photo identification cards to indicate a person possesses a concealed carry permit. H.B. 2077 – Would require all firearms be safely stored whenever they are not in use. H.B. 2078 – Would establish a 72-hour waiting period for purchases of semi-automatic assault rifles. Fitzgerald is a member of the PA SAFE Caucus , which is made up of 70 members of the PA House and Senate who believe in reducing all types of violence in society through Read more

 

PA SAFE Caucus decries Judicial legislative agenda, calls for substantive action on gun-safety legislation

(Sep 23, 2019)

Judiciary meeting a missed opportunity to address the public health crisis of gun violence Read more

 

Gov. Wolf signs executive order to prevent gun violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

PA Safe members applaud governor's executive order addressing gun violence. Read more

 

“It’s time for decisive action:”

(Aug 16, 2019)

DOYLESTOWN, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, announced her strong support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to address the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania. “In light of the growing gun violence epidemic, Governor Wolf’s executive order is a necessary first step to end gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Ullman said. The executive order makes widespread changes to executive branch agencies and programs to reduce the number of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. The order names Charles Ramsey, chair of the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), to lead a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the agency, and the office will contain a Special Council on Gun Violence which will meet within 60 days to begin developing a plan to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania. The executive order also creates a Division of Violence Prevention within the Department of Health. Together, the two offices will address gun violence from gun safety and public health perspectives. The offices will establish new oversight and data sharing, work to reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and stop domestic violence related and self-inflicted shootings. Ullman said that the legislature must partner with the governor to have an impact on the gun violence epidemic. Ullman said, “Executive action cannot address the crisis alone. It is absolutely imperative that legislators come Read more

 

Davis applauds Wolf executive order to reduce gun violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to address the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania, saying it was necessary to pass reforms to increase community safety and reduce the threat of gun injuries and deaths. “We need to take drastic action now to preserve people’s lives and the governor’s executive order is a necessary first step,” Davis said. The executive order makes widespread changes to executive branch agencies and programs to reduce the number of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. The order names Charles Ramsey, chair of the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), to lead a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the agency, and the office will contain a Special Council on Gun Violence tasked with meeting within 60 days to begin developing a plan to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania. The executive order also creates the Division of Violence Prevention within the Department of Health. Together, the two offices will address gun violence from gun safety and public health perspectives. They will establish new oversight and data sharing, and work to reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and stop domestic violence related and self-inflicted shootings. Davis specifically mentioned that the legislature needs to take a leadership role by enacting “red flag” laws to get guns out of the hands of Read more

 

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

(Aug 16, 2019)

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 Read more

 

'It’s time to end the violence:'

(Aug 16, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced her strong support of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to address the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania, saying it was a necessary first step. “I applaud the governor’s decisive leadership to halt the epidemic of gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Davidson said. The executive order makes widespread changes to executive branch agencies and programs to reduce the number of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. The order names Charles Ramsey, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, to lead a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the agency, and the office will contain a Special Council on Gun Violence which will meet within 60 days to begin developing a plan to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania. The executive order also creates a Division of Violence Prevention within the Department of Health. Together, the two offices will address gun violence from the gun safety and public health perspectives. They will establish new oversight and data sharing, reduce community gun violence, combat mass shootings, and stop domestic violence related and self-inflicted shootings. In her roles as chair of the powerful Southeast Delegation and as a consistent leader in the PA Safe Caucus, Davidson said, "I will continue to lead the charge to enact commonsense gun safety reforms that will protect the lives of Read more

 

Mass Shootings in America -- the last 30 years

(Aug 07, 2019)

This graphic shows the reality of mass shootings in America during and after the federal assault weapons ban. Read more

 

We must say “NO” to Gun Violence

(Aug 06, 2019)

Like many Americans, I was horrified by the senseless loss of life in El Paso and Dayton this weekend. I mourn for the loss of innocent lives and the devastated families and friends they leave behind. These terrible events mark the 31 st and 32 nd mass killings in the U.S. since Jan. 1 of this year. It’s early August. How many more people will die in mass killings by legally-purchased weapons by the end of the year? Mass killings have become far too commonplace; it terrifies me that we may become desensitized to the horror and come to accept mass murder as part of American culture. This is NOT who we are as Americans. These violent acts are a perversion of the American psyche. We must fight against the normalization of mass murder by renewed commitment to working together to enact meaningful change. A first step would be to enact commonsense gun legislation that would help reduce the threat of gun violence while respecting the rights of responsible gun owners. This session, I plan to introduce a bill requiring individuals to participate in a gun safety training course before purchasing their first firearm or receiving a conceal carry permit. There are dozens more bills awaiting consideration. Unfortunately, these bills have been held back in committee by legislative leaders. Unless bills pass through committee process, there is no opportunity for honest debate and no chance of passage. The democratic process is thwarted and the voice of the people whom Read more

 

PA SAFE Caucus calls for special joint legislative session to address gun violence, extremism

(Aug 06, 2019)

In a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, the chairs of the PA SAFE Caucus called for a special session to respond to the recent mass shootings. Read more

 

Driscoll introduces legislation to outlaw untraceable firearms, require homemade/DIY firearms have identifiable mark from licensed dealer

(Aug 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., has introduced legislation that would outlaw untraceable firearms and require firearms that are homemade or assembled from parts to have a serial number or other identifiable mark from a licensed dealer affixed to them. “Right now, teenagers and people prohibited from purchasing firearms can legally buy gun parts that they can assemble into a firearm, allowing them a workaround to get firearms they would otherwise be unable to lawfully obtain,” Driscoll said. “The legislation I’ve introduced would make these untraceable firearms traceable and, in turn, stop the flow of these deadly guns in our communities.” House Bill 1748 would also prohibit the possession, sale, delivery, transfer, manufacture, or advertising of DIY semiautomatic weapons, including the components of such firearms. Among other things, the legislation would update Pennsylvania law to require that all firearms, prior to being manufactured or assembled, have a unique serial number or other identifying mark assigned and affixed to them by a licensed dealer, beginning July 1, 2020. Additionally, by Jan. 1, 2021, any person who as of July 1, 2020, owns a firearm that doesn’t have a serial number assigned to it must apply to a licensed dealer for a serial number or other identification mark and then engrave or affix that number or mark to the firearm. “This legislation is a critical step toward keeping Read more

 

We Must Address Gun Violence and Extremism

(Aug 06, 2019)

Dear Friends, Legislation pending in the House and Senate includes bills to ban assault weapons, address access to guns for people at risk of violence to themselves or others and close the loophole for gun background checks, among others. These bills deserve a vote in Harrisburg. I and other members of the PA Safe Caucus are demanding it. Less than 24 hours apart, the mass shooting rampages in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 dead, many more injured and a nation reeling. Like many of you, I have been grieving for those killed, for their families and for the communities in Texas and Ohio in which they reside. I am also remembering the recent victims of gun violence much closer to home—in Philadelphia, in Allentown and in Pittsburgh, where a gunman terrorized morning Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue just shy of two years ago now. I am grieving for those families and those communities, and for us all, all over again. But grief is not enough. We must act. The PA Safe Caucus, a bicameral body of 70 members dedicated to reducing gun violence, of which I am a member, today requested that Gov. Wolf convene a special joint session of the legislature to address the epidemic of gun violence and the violent ideology that has rocked our nation. Mass Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation calls on state, federal lawmakers to act, once and for all, on gun violence

(Aug 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the PA House of Representatives, along with delegation members, called on state and federal lawmakers Monday to act on sensible gun reform. “The tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, have pained our hearts,” Dawkins said. “The news of more lives lost to gun violence is tragic. And not enacting sensible gun reform in Pennsylvania is a travesty. Dawkins pointed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s statement on Sunday, in which the governor tweeted that we can ban assault weapons and institute stricter background checks, target white nationalism and promote tolerance and invest in mental health care to help those who are struggling; but we must not accept this violence as normal. Dawkins said there are currently more than two dozen gun reform bills that could be voted on today that would make a difference in people’s lives . While we must fight back against hatred and bigotry, which seem central to the shootings this weekend, Dawkins said keeping guns out of the hands of those who wish to do harm is something we can do right now. “We are in what seems like an endless cycle of violence, killings, heartbreak, and then thoughts and prayers,” Dawkins said. “This cycle started long before El Paso and Dayton. And this cycle happens even when the shooting incidents don’t end up in national news headlines. Five people were Read more

 

Frankel calls on state, federal leaders to act in wake of latest terror attack

(Apr 29, 2019)

PITTSBURGH , APRIL 29 – As the nation once again finds itself grieving in the wake of a hate-inspired terror attack on a Jewish community, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, again calls for action by state and federal leaders. “I know that the victims, the congregants and the community in Poway, California, will feel the support, concern and love that our community received from all over the world,” Frankel said. “Nevertheless, this response is insufficient. Elected offices have failed to respond in a meaningful way to addressing crimes of hate fueled by weapons of mass destruction. “Once again a man filled with anti-Semitic bigotry targeted the Jewish community on Shabbat at the conclusion of Passover, this time on the six month anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at Tree of Life. Over the years I and many of my colleagues have repeated the mantra ‘Never Again.’ If we are going to be true to that goal, then those of us who have the power to give that call to action meaning must act.” Read more

 

Who is PA SAFE?

(Apr 10, 2019)

The Pennsylvania SAFE Caucus is a group of legislators who believe in working together to reduce all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services; stronger tools for law enforcement; resources to deal with the effects of addiction and illegal drug trade; and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. State Rep. Dan Frankel, a founding member of PA SAFE Caucus. speaks in PIttsburgh following the deadly shooting at Tree of Life. Read more

 

Frankel: Squirrel Hill stands with Christchurch in wake of terror attack

(Mar 15, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, March 15 – Today state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding the horrific mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand: “Our hearts are broken by the horrific attack in New Zealand last night. The communities of Pittsburgh and Squirrel Hill stand with the people of Christchurch. Houses of faith are sacred and intimate, and hate-driven attacks on these places are attacks on all of humanity. "Pittsburgh reaches across the globe with our experience and our sorrow to help in any way that we can. "The scourge of ethnic and religious hate crimes must be fought unequivocally from all nations. New Zealand, we grieve with you, and we will fight alongside you to create a world free from intolerance. "I also want to encourage my community members to monitor their own well-being and that of their friends and neighbors. Community heals, and tragedy awakens trauma. Mental health services are available through Jewish Family and Community Services and The Center for Victims.” Frankel also reminded people that Mental health services are available through The Center for Victims’ 24/7 hotline at 1-866-644-2882 . Read more

 

Briggs working to end gun violence on first anniversary of Parkland shooting

(Feb 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced today that he is introducing gun safety legislation in the state legislature as the nation marks the first anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and staff were killed and another 17 were injured. “Keeping our communities safe from gun violence must be a top priority for Pennsylvania and the nation,” Briggs said. “I can think of no better way to honor the victims of Parkland, and the many other victims of gun violence throughout our country, than by enacting meaningful gun safety reforms to prevent future tragedies.” Briggs added that gun violence in the United States takes many forms, including accidental shootings and suicides by firearms that have impacted thousands of children and families. “Too often acts of gun violence could have been prevented with a few simple precautions,” Briggs said. “That’s why I am introducing commonsense legislation that will help put an end to gun violence by keeping guns out of the hands of Pennsylvania’s children. Those who fail to safely store their firearms are putting young lives at risk and should face consequences for their recklessness.” If passed, Briggs’ H.B. 525 would require the safe storage of firearms in homes where children may be present. Failure to comply with this rule would result in a third-degree felony if it is used Read more

 

Frankel, Fontana speak out on need for gun reform at local level

(Dec 14, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 14 – Speaking at a news conference today, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, called for commonsense gun reforms at the local level and highlighted the need to empower Pittsburgh city officials to enact those measures. Joining Frankel at the event to call for local gun reform were state Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Allegheny, Gov. Tom Wolf, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, city council members, gun safety advocates, gun violence victims and concerned residents. “We’re tired of inaction and stonewalling at the state level as residents continue to die in gun violence and mass shootings like the Tree of Life massacre,” Frankel said. “Our neighbors are demanding stronger protections from weapons, but our elected leaders’ hands are tied by provisions in state laws designed to block local action. That’s why I’m introducing legislation this week that would eliminate those provisions and pave the way for commonsense gun reform. “We can’t afford to wait any longer to protect residents and stem the violence. Other cities have acted to create local regulations for firearms. It’s time to act, before more lives are lost.” Fontana lauded renewed efforts by city officials and community activists to pass proposals similar to measures he recently introduced on the state level. They include bills that would ban assault weapons and allow family members or law enforcement to petition to have a gun Read more

 

In PA, it's time to move beyond fear, frustration & condolences

(Nov 02, 2018)

In the immediate aftermath of the tragic mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, public officials around the state reacted like everyone else: we mourned the victims, praised our brave police officers and other first responders, and talked about the need to respect and protect the life and dignity of every one of our state's residents. But public officials have a duty to move beyond condolences and prayers -- we have the power and responsibility to take action to make our schools, places of worship and neighborhood streets safer. That's why House Democratic members of the PA Safe Caucus are calling on those who control the agenda in the PA Legislature to commit to timely consideration of, and votes on, measures that already have been proposed to increase safety and reduce violence in our communities -- including legislation to pass universal background checks for the sale of all firearms in Pennsylvania. Republican leaders have slow-walked or outright blocked consideration and votes on these proposals for years while they've held the majority. Our frustration and outrage over the continued cycle of violence that plagues our schools and communities and menaces our residents should outweigh any fretting we have over whether addressing this issue now "politicizes" these tragedies. When foreign terrorists attacked our country in 2001, we didn't stop to worry about politicizing the issue, we immediately had the discussions we Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland appointed to Gov. Wolf’s Special Council on Gun Violence
Dec 04, 2019

Fitzgerald introduces legislation to protect gun owners, promote public safety
Nov 25, 2019

PA SAFE Caucus decries Judicial legislative agenda, calls for substantive action on gun-safety legislation
Sep 23, 2019

Gov. Wolf signs executive order to prevent gun violence
Aug 16, 2019

“It’s time for decisive action:”
Aug 16, 2019

Davis applauds Wolf executive order to reduce gun violence
Aug 16, 2019

PA SAFE Members Applaud Governor’s Executive Order Addressing Gun Violence
Aug 16, 2019

'It’s time to end the violence:'
Aug 16, 2019

Mass Shootings in America -- the last 30 years
Aug 07, 2019

We must say “NO” to Gun Violence
Aug 06, 2019

PA SAFE Caucus calls for special joint legislative session to address gun violence, extremism
Aug 06, 2019

Driscoll introduces legislation to outlaw untraceable firearms, require homemade/DIY firearms have identifiable mark from licensed dealer
Aug 06, 2019

We Must Address Gun Violence and Extremism
Aug 06, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation calls on state, federal lawmakers to act, once and for all, on gun violence
Aug 05, 2019

Frankel calls on state, federal leaders to act in wake of latest terror attack
Apr 29, 2019

Who is PA SAFE?
Apr 10, 2019

Frankel: Squirrel Hill stands with Christchurch in wake of terror attack
Mar 15, 2019

Briggs working to end gun violence on first anniversary of Parkland shooting
Feb 14, 2019

Frankel, Fontana speak out on need for gun reform at local level
Dec 14, 2018

In PA, it's time to move beyond fear, frustration & condolences
Nov 02, 2018