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


Frankel Advocates for Firearms Safety

(May 10, 2016)

Pa state Rep. Dan Frankel says expert testimony about House Bill 1010 in front of the House Democratic Policy Committee today shows guns purchased at gun shows shouldn't be treated any differently than guns purchased from brick-and-mortar retailers, and background checks to keep guns out of the hands of people living with mental illness or criminals needs to happen. Read more


Krueger-Braneky: Background Checks Work

(May 10, 2016)

Pa state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky hosted House Democratic Policy Committee today on House Bill 1010. Expert testimony showed guns purchased at gun shows shouldn't be treated any differently than guns purchased from brick-and-mortar retailers, and universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of people living with mental illness or criminals needs to happen. Read more


Krueger-Braneky: Pennsylvanians want commonsense firearm reforms

(May 09, 2016)

STRATH HAVEN, May 9 – Joined by the House Democratic Policy Committee and Republican legislators, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, hosted the first legislative hearing on H.B. 1010 , which would enact commonsense firearm reforms. “Today we heard from the Pennsylvania State Police, the Upper Darby Police Department, victims of gun violence and national advocates, and the overwhelming theme that was repeated is that Pennsylvania needs the commonsense gun safety reforms House Bill 1010 would give us,” Krueger-Braneky said. “As legislators, we must not be paralyzed with the fear of what the NRA will say if we support his legislation. Our constituents support it and that should take priority over anything else.” Krueger-Braneky is a co-sponsor of H.B. 1010, which would require all purchasers of firearms – including the private sale of long guns – to first undergo a background check. It would also permit the issuance of a single background check approval that would remain valid for 48 hours for use at gun shows across Pennsylvania. "I commend Representative Krueger-Braneky for requesting this necessary hearing to bring attention to House Bill 1010," said Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. "This is a major milestone in both community safety and convenience for those looking to lawfully purchase guns. I'm proud to be a co-sponsor of this commonsense legislation and Read more


Krueger-Braneky to host historic House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on May 9 to explore commonsense firearm background checks

(May 03, 2016)

Noting the increased support for commonsense gun safety legislation, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, will co-chair a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on H.B. 1010, at 2 p.m. Monday, May 9 at Strath Haven High School, 205 South Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. Read more


Gainey: Protect Our Kids From Violence

(Mar 15, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey joined members of PA SAFE, a group of state lawmakers and firearm-safety advocates, to announce their mission and outline legislation they support to help protect Pennsylvanians from the increasing threat of gun violence. Read more


Pa. SAFE Caucus leaders denounce Ted Nugent anti-Semitic rant, call for NRA to drop him from board

(Feb 24, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – The co-chairs of the Pennsylvania SAFE Caucus are calling for the National Rifle Association to remove Ted Nugent from its board following Nugent's anti-Semitic rant against gun safety actions and advocates . State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said: "Nugent called 12 prominent Jewish American supporters of commonsense gun reforms 'Nazis' and used an image showing an Israeli flag on all 12 of their photos. His hateful actions are outrageous and no decent organization would keep Nugent on its board after that, especially not after he doubled down after the initial post." State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, said: "Whether you agree with it or not, those who advocate for gun violence prevention, and the spirit of the legislation they promote, are for greater peace and safety in our communities — striving to improve the quality of life for our neighbors and our nation. If the pro-gun lobby, on the other hand, is resorting to this kind of personal and bigoted attack, it simply underscores the weakness of their argument." 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. Read more


DeLissio applauds Cathedral Village residents’ civic engagement on gun safety

(Jan 28, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – Copies of over 100 handwritten letters in support of gun safety measures were given to state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio the same week President Barack Obama announced a group of executive actions to reduce gun violence. Letters were written in early December by residents of Cathedral Village and sent to members of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee urging a yes vote on H.B. 1010. DeLissio is not a member of the House Judiciary Committee but she was an early co-sponsor and supporter of the bill since its inception. “This important legislation would close the one remaining loophole in gun-sale purchases that allows for the sale of long guns between private sellers without a background check,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Additionally, this legislation would permit the issuance of a single background check approval that would remain valid for 48 hours for use at gun shows across the commonwealth.” Residents David and Peggy Bruton personally delivered copies of the letters to DeLissio on Jan. 7. “The story about how this action came about is a reminder that one person can make a difference,” DeLissio said. A 100-year-old resident, Isabelle Woodrow, encouraged the Cathedral Village Community Support Committee to organize a letter-writing campaign to those members of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee who had yet to co-sponsor the legislation. Forty-seven residents showed up to Read more


Dawkins Honors Gun Violence Victims

(Jan 12, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins speaks about his house resolution honoring the victims of the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs. Read more


Krueger-Braneky: President Obama’s executive action on gun safety necessary to protect Pennsylvania families

(Jan 05, 2016)

FOLSOM, Jan. 5 – Praising President Barack Obama for his executive actions to curb gun violence, state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, said she hopes Pennsylvania will follow suit and address the lingering issues surrounding firearm background checks by passing House Bill 1010 . "President Obama acted admirably today by refusing to allow a gridlocked Congress currently held hostage by the National Rifle Association to continue stonewalling attempts at commonsense firearm legislation," Krueger-Braneky said. "Americans from every state, especially Pennsylvania, are tired of expecting politicians to keep their families safe, only to watch time and time again as they vote with the NRA. This mindless abdication of duty to the public's safety has to end." The executive action package aims to curb gun violence with multiple measures, including closing the gun show loophole, which allows private sellers to avoid performing background checks when selling long guns; requiring purchasers who are buying a weapon through a trust or corporation to undergo a background check, which is not currently required; increasing funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for additional agents to enforce current laws; cracking down on the illegal purchase of firearms online; and directing the Department of Defense, Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to conduct or Read more


Harris praises Commonwealth Court ruling on gun law

(Jun 25, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – Calling Act 192 of 2014 unconstitutional from the beginning, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., praised the Commonwealth Court ruling striking it down as a violation of the single-subject rule. "Act 192 was rammed through the legislative process on the last session day in an unconstitutional way," Harris said. "Attaching this amendment to a bill dealing with criminal penalties was a clear violation of the Pennsylvania Constitution and the single-subject rule, and I’m glad the Commonwealth Court agreed with this ruling. "We have trouble getting the legislature to agree that we need to close loopholes that currently exist in our gun sale laws and background check systems. We can’t allow outside interest groups to put their money and their power behind local groups suing municipalities that believe it’s in their best interest to take gun control ordinances into their own hands. "Our major cities and urban centers, and even some suburban and rural areas, have made decisions on what they believe is right and in the best interest in keeping their citizens safe. We cannot take that power away from them. Localities must have the ability to take these issues on themselves." Act 192 gave membership organizations the ability to challenge municipal gun ordinances on behalf of members. Several suits have already been brought against municipalities around the state. Read more


Frankel commends Peduto for standing by Pittsburgh's gun-safety laws

(Jan 14, 2015)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today commended Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for standing by the city's gun-safety laws in the face of a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association. Frankel strongly opposed the new state law that allows the NRA and other groups to sue Pennsylvania communities that have local ordinances requiring the reporting of lost or stolen guns. Some smaller communities have begun to repeal their ordinances rather than face legal bills from lawsuits by the NRA or other groups. "I commend Mayor Peduto for standing up for gun safety and common sense to protect Pittsburgh residents and visitors, and I hope he and the city council will continue to do so. I believe there is a good chance the new state law can be overturned in court as unconstitutional, and then an attempt at reviving it would have to get past Governor-elect Wolf instead of being rubber-stamped as Governor Corbett did last year," Frankel said. "The new legislature also needs to focus on top priorities, such as closing the $2 billion deficit Governor Corbett is leaving behind, restoring school funding and raising Pennsylvania from our dead-last rank in job creation. Wasting more time on special-interest legislation like what I call the ‘NRA Lawyer Employment Act’ would not help with any of those dire needs," Frankel added. Read more


Frankel: Bill undermines local gun safety laws, could fail in court

(Oct 21, 2014)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said a bill the House passed Monday (H.B. 80) would undermine local gun-safety laws such as Pittsburgh's. Gov. Corbett will sign it into law. "It's bad enough the Republican-controlled legislature refuses to act on common-sense gun-safety legislation – now it and Governor Corbett will block Pittsburgh and other communities from acting to protect our own residents from gun violence," Frankel said. "Even worse, House Bill 80 provides unprecedented standing to member organizations, such as the National Rifle Association, to file suit against our communities and reclaim damages. This legislation has the potential to severely hinder, or even bankrupt, those communities that seek to protect their citizens." Pittsburgh has an ordinance requiring residents to report lost or stolen firearms. "However, if the courts apply the state constitution's single-subject rule consistently, this pre-election pander to the gun lobby could well be declared unconstitutional. It's laughable to claim this belongs in a bill that started out just addressing scrap-metal theft ," Frankel said. "Ironically, under four years of complete Republican control of state government, they have ducked tough votes by blocking all sorts of clearly related Democratic amendments as 'not germane' to bills. This gun legislation may soon join other examples of Republican overreach Read more