Comitta introduces legislation prohibiting loaded firearms in vehicles

(Sep 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, this week introduced legislation that would prohibit motorists from carrying loaded firearms in their vehicles. Comitta modeled the legislation in the wake of the June 2017 road-rage killing of Bayard Rustin High School graduate Bianca Roberson. “Bianca was a talented student with a bright future that was cut short due to a senseless act of violence,” Comitta said during a Capitol news conference announcing the bill today. “What happened to Bianca should never have happened. We cannot allow residents of the commonwealth to live in danger of firearm violence as a result of road rage.” H.B. 2669 would prohibit a person from carrying a loaded firearm in any vehicle, with the exception of firearms related to game hunting, law enforcement, military personnel or security drivers. A person who is found carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle would be charged with a misdemeanor for a first offense, and a first-degree misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense. “It might seem like a simple change, but studies show that drivers who have a firearm in their vehicle may be more prone to anger and more likely to engage in aggressive driving than those who did not have a gun,” Comitta said. “That gun should not be further ready to use. We already know that the mere presence of a gun in a home increases suicide rates and the Read more

 

Kirkland bill would require ID for firearm ammunition purchases

(Sep 13, 2018)

CHESTER, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, is introducing legislation that would require people purchasing firearm ammunition to present an official form of photo identification. Currently, ammunition cannot be sold to anyone who sellers reasonably believe to be under the minimum age. However, sellers are not required to check a buyer’s ID to verify age. Kirkland’s legislation would require identification be presented every time ammunition is purchased, helping to eliminate illegal sales. “Protecting our communities from the horrific impact of gun violence is extremely important to me,” Kirkland said. “From Sandy Hook to Stoneman Douglas High School, we too often grieve the loss of precious life taken by those who should not have access to firearms and ammunition. “Sadly, young people, especially African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, face significantly higher-than-average risks of being a victim of gun-related homicide. We can – and we must – do everything in our power to curtail this epidemic, and this legislation is just one step of many necessary to take on this issue.” Kirkland said that photo ID is required to purchase alcohol, allergy medicine, lottery tickets and other items, so it is reasonable to require identification for purchasing the element that makes a firearm lethal. He said that his legislation would serve as reasonable reform to save lives without infringing Read more

 

Davidson applauds state funding for gun-violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 11, 2018)

UPPER DARBY, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, said she applauds Gov. Tom Wolf for allocating $1.5 million across the commonwealth for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. The funding, which was announced Friday, was competitively awarded as part of a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency program to provide municipalities money to reduce gun violence in communities. “I want to thank Governor Wolf for taking action to address this crisis,” said Davidson, vice chair of the PA SAFE Caucus. “Gun violence is an epidemic in Pennsylvania. In Upper Darby this past summer, there was an uptick in the number of shootings — a teenager killed at a house party, a storeowner nearly shot to death by a thief, a man shot while fleeing from two Upper Darby teenagers who stole his car. Last week, many parents were terrified to hear there was an online threat of a shooting at Upper Darby High School. Fortunately, someone was arrested before anything happened. “We need to urgently act in order to dramatically reduce gun violence in our area. This needed funding will empower municipalities by giving them greater access to tools and resources to fight this scourge, which is destroying our communities.” The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ PA SAFE Caucus is committed to promoting legislation that would reduce all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services, best use Read more

 

Comitta lauds Wolf for funding gun-violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 11, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today said she thanks Gov. Tom Wolf for allocating $1.5 million across the commonwealth for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. The funding was competitively awarded to certain municipalities as part of a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency program to reduce gun violence in communities. “I want to thank Governor Wolf for his leadership in working with local governments to address this crisis,” said Comitta, a member of the PA SAFE Caucus. “This funding is a step in the right direction in empowering our communities to reduce gun violence and create healthier, safer communities.” Comitta said the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ PA SAFE Caucus is dedicated to promoting legislation that would reduce all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services, best use of new and existing law-enforcement tools, resources to curb effects of addiction and illegal drugs, and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. “Gun violence has claimed the lives of too many Pennsylvanians,” Comitta said. “It is going to take all of us in state and local government working together to put an end to gun violence in Pennsylvania. This is good government putting people first.” Read more

 

Comitta lauds Wolf for funding gun-violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 11, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today said she thanks Gov. Tom Wolf for allocating $1.5 million across the commonwealth for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. The funding was competitively awarded to certain municipalities as part of a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency program to reduce gun violence in communities. “I want to thank Governor Wolf for his leadership in working with local governments to address this crisis,” said Comitta, a member of the PA SAFE Caucus. “This funding is a step in the right direction in empowering our communities to reduce gun violence and create healthier, safer communities.” Comitta said the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ PA SAFE Caucus is dedicated to promoting legislation that would reduce all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services, best use of new and existing law-enforcement tools, resources to curb effects of addiction and illegal drugs, and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. “Gun violence has claimed the lives of too many Pennsylvanians,” Comitta said. “It is going to take all of us in state and local government working together to put an end to gun violence in Pennsylvania. This is good government putting people first.” Read more

 

Davis thanks Gov. Wolf for state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 11, 2018)

LEVITTOWN, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for allocating $1.5 million in funding to be distributed across the commonwealth for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. The funding was competitively awarded as part of a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency program to provide municipalities with the funds to implement strategies aimed at reducing gun violence in communities. “I want to thank Governor Wolf for working with local governments to address this crisis,” said Davis, a member of the PA Safe Caucus. “This funding is a step in the right direction in empowering our communities to reduce gun violence and create healthier, safer communities.” Davis said the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ PA SAFE Caucus is committed to promoting legislation that would reduce all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services, best use of new and existing law-enforcement tools, resources to curb effects of addiction and illegal drugs, and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. “Gun violence is an everyday reality for too many Pennsylvanians,” Davis said. “It is going to take all of us in state and local government working together to put an end to gun violence in Pennsylvania. This is good government putting people first.” Read more

 

Warren introduces bill to require near-universal background checks in Pa.

(Sep 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 5 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced he has introduced H.B. 2621, which would expand background check requirements in Pennsylvania by eliminating all exceptions to the requirement except for family transfers. Currently, the Crimes Code requires background checks for the sale of all handguns, or sales conducted by a federally licensed dealer. Background checks are not required for the private sale of “long guns.” “I’ve introduced this legislation to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect the residents of the commonwealth by preventing unauthorized people from purchasing firearms,” Warren said. “As a representative and vice-chairman of the House PA SAFE Caucus I have always been – and will continue to be – an advocate for legislative initiatives that respect the Second Amendment while promoting gun safety.” House Bill 2621 contains language from H.B. 1010, introduced in the previous session, including the elimination of most background check exemptions or the “gun-show loophole” and would require that all firearm sales, regardless of the barrel length, be conducted in front of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or county sheriff. Private sales currently exempted from background checks include “any shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, any rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or any firearm with an Read more

 

Krueger-Braneky, Moms Demand Action, Domestic Abuse Project advocate for H.B. 2060

(Sep 04, 2018)

MEDIA, Sept. 4 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky today in the County Government Center joined Moms Demand Action, Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County and other elected officials to call for the passage of H.B. 2060, legislation to tighten the time frame and manner in which court-ordered defendants in domestic violence cases have to surrender their firearms. Under the legislation, those convicted of a domestic violence crime would have 48 hours to give up their firearms to a law enforcement agency, a federally licensed firearms dealer or their lawyer. Under current law, people convicted of domestic violence have 60 days and can give their guns to a relative, friend or neighbor. “Statistics show that a woman is five times more likely to be shot and killed by a domestic abuser when guns are present, so the stakes are high to get this bill signed into law,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “The Senate unanimously passed legislation nearly identical to House Bill 2060, so I don’t see any reason this should not be the first bill on the agenda when we return to session later this month. “This legislation can turn victims into survivors by giving them the confidence to file a PFA, because they can know that the guns in the household will be more safely addressed. “One more life lost due to inaction is one too many. The speaker of the House and the House majority leader need to schedule a floor vote this Read more

 

House Judiciary Committee to consider gun safety reform measures

(Jun 15, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 15 – The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee will consider several gun safety reform measures at its meeting Tuesday. The voting meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Room 140 of the Main Capitol building. The agenda includes several measures that the PA SAFE Caucus has advocated for. The list of bills to be considered include: H.B. 1400, which would close a loophole to create universal background checks for gun purchases H.B. 1872, which would ban devices such as “bump stocks” that assist in rapid firing H.B. 2060, which would ensure that domestic abusers be required to relinquish weapons to an appropriate authority H.B. 2227, which would allow concerned family members and law enforcement to file for extreme risk protective orders to prohibit firearm possession by individuals who are at risk or causing harm to themselves or others H.B. 273, which would allow people with mental or physical health concerns to voluntarily surrender their firearms Find the full agenda at this link . The PA SAFE Caucus is a group of legislators who believe in reducing all types of violence in society, through adequate funding for mental health services; best use of new and existing law-enforcement tools; resources to curb the effects of addiction and illegal drugs; and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. Read more

 

Vitali calls for action on gun bills during Delaware County rally

(Apr 05, 2018)

MEDIA, April 5 – State Rep. Greg Vitali joined lawmakers and organizers from Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy at the county courthouse steps today to call for the advancement of H.B. 1400, for universal background checks on gun sales in Pennsylvania, and H.B. 1872, a statewide ban on multiburst trigger activators, including bump stocks. Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgomery, is a cosponsor of both bills and said he hopes that the legislation will receive prompt votes following a set of public hearings on gun bills slated for next week in Harrisburg. “The issue of gun violence prevention has hit its tipping point, and it’s time these commonsense bills become law,” he said. “Expanded background checks for gun shows and private sales are widely supported by Pennsylvanians. A ban on devices designed to turn rifles into illegal machine guns is also supported by most Americans, especially since one was used in the Las Vegas shooting in October, our nation’s most deadly mass shooting. “The reaction to the most recent mass shooting in Parkland has shed much-needed light on the dark affairs that suppress the passage of sensible gun safety laws, and we lawmakers are here to pressure leaders in the Capitol so we can vote in the interests of our constituents.” The public hearings, called for by the House Judiciary Committee, will take place Monday through Thursday. Vitali also is a cosponsor of the following Read more

 

Demand a Hearing on Gun Safety Legislation Today

(Feb 21, 2018)

In the words of David Hogg, Parkland Florida Student: “This is not just another mass shooting. No shooting is just another mass shooting. This needs to be a turning point.” Demand Action Here: http://www.pahouse.com/PASafe/Hearing/ActNow/ #ParklandFlorida #GunReformNow #Enough Read more

 

Commonsense Measures Proposed by PA SAFE Caucus

(Feb 16, 2018)

Members of the PA SAFE Caucus have proposed a number of bills that would implement common sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and protect communities across the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Demand a Hearing on Gun Safety Legislation Today

(Feb 16, 2018)

Tell Chairman Ron Marsico to call for a hearing on firearm safety legislation in the House Judiciary Committee today, and for Speaker Mike Turzai and Leader Dave Reed to stop stalling on safety legislation! Read more

 

Davidson: Get Guns Off Our Streets

(Dec 08, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson talks about the importance of getting guns off the streets in the wake of federal efforts to allow concealed firearms cross state lines. Davidson spoke at a press conference calling for action on reducing gun violence across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McClinton, Davidson, Williams, community leaders push for gun safety efforts, legislation

(Dec 08, 2017)

DARBY, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, local law enforcement and community leaders today urged more action on gun safety efforts and legislation. They spoke at a news conference at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. "Our area has had a wave of gun violence recently. We're here today to say that gun deaths and injuries are as serious as the heroin and opioid crisis you hear so much about. Harrisburg and Washington need to take gun violence just as seriously," McClinton said. "Homicides in Philadelphia are up 15 percent over this time last year. Tragically, the body count is likely to be over 300 for the first time since 2012. And about 85 percent of these murders are committed with guns, according to the police department." State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, D-Phila./Delaware, said, "Gun violence continues to plague our cities and towns, from the massacre in Las Vegas to the streets of Darby. My legislative colleagues and I will continue to support programs like this while pushing for greater protections in Harrisburg to end the cycle of violence caused by illegal guns." State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, said, “The level of gun violence in some of our communities is in a word, un-ignorable. For any elected official to take a passive stance on expanded background checks or lost-and-stolen provisions is a misstep equivalent to turning a blind eye to an epidemic that is cruelly killing hundreds of Americans on Read more

 

McClinton: We Need Peace on Our Streets

(Dec 08, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton held a press conference to call for attention to the gun epidemic and encourage efforts at getting guns off the streets of not only Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods, but across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

PA SAFE Caucus, Gov. Wolf oppose state Senate bill to arm teachers

(Jun 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 29 – The Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would allow school personnel to carry firearms on school grounds and in buildings. Senate Bill 383, sponsored by state Sen. Don White, R-Indiana, passed in the Senate by a vote of 28 – 22. Currently, firearms are not prohibited on school property, with the exception for lawful supervised activity or other lawful purpose. S.B. 383 would grant school boards the authority to enact policies that give approved school employees permission to access and carry firearms while at work. The bill also would exempt those school employees with permission to carry from the state’s Right to Know Law. Go. Tom Wolf, firearm safety organizations, and members of the PA SAFE Caucus—a coalition of state representatives dedicated to reducing gun violence, formed following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary—have voiced their strong opposition to the bill. “I strongly oppose this bill and will veto it,” Gov. Wolf said. “Harrisburg can help schools be safer by giving them adequate funding so schools can hire trained security professionals like school resource or police officers, and counselors and support staff for students.” “Each year in America, nearly 1,300 children die from gun violence and another 5,800 are wounded--literally caught in the crossfire,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery and co-chair of the PA Read more

 

PA SAFE Statement on Shooting in Alexandria

(Jun 15, 2017)

“The thoughts and prayers of the PA SAFE Caucus are with the victims of yesterday's shooting in Alexandria and praise to the brave police and security who helped to avoid further tragedy. “As lawmakers, this attack is felt particularly keenly among us. Unfortunately, acts of gun violence like this are felt too often throughout the country, in communities, in families and in homes. “As a group dedicated to combatting violence, especially gun violence, we are also dedicated to working against the hate that often motivates heinous attacks on people of any belief, race or creed. “May those injured yesterday recover quickly so that they may return to their families and friends to heal from this traumatic experience.” Read more

 

Gainey Rallies For Commonsense Gun Laws

(May 16, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey stood with gun-safety advocates and victims of gun violence to rally behind a plan to enact universal background checks for gun purchases in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Daley: Background Checks Make Sense

(May 10, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley says it's time for common sense background checks for firearms purchases to keep guns out of the hands of people living with mental illness or criminals as well as a 48-hour check and waiting period for guns purchased at gun shows. The House Democratic Policy Committee heard from law enforcement and firearms experts about House Bill 1010 that would create these standards in use in other states. Read more