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Ullman applauds Wolf executive order to reduce gun violence in PA

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 together in Harrisburg to enact meaningful gun safety legislation that will help protect our first responders and all of us.”

Ullman said that the legislature needs to enact “red flag” laws to get guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and others, close background check loopholes and ban assault weapons and high capacity firearms.

This session, Ullman herself will introduce a bill requiring individuals to participate in a gun safety training course before purchasing their first firearm or receiving a conceal carry permit. 

“The legislature and the governor working together will be able to find a middle ground between protecting gun rights and preserving public safety.”

More than 1,600 people died in Pennsylvania from gunshot wounds in 2017, a rate above the national average.