Dems renew call for special session on gun control while key Republicans preach patience

Dems renew call for special session on gun control while key Republicans preach patience

Democrats again appealed to Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday to call a special session on gun control, following recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, as well as sustained gun violence in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley.

At least one Republican has joined that call, with Rep. Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) telling The PLS Reporter Tuesday that she supported lawmakers returning early from their summer break to address the matter.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings

In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend that left 30 dead and dozens more injured in Ohio and Texas, Gov. Tom Wolf is calling upon state lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation that would strengthen background checks and temporarily remove guns from the hands of those who are deemed dangerous by a court. 

Wolf ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday in remembrance of the victims, but urged the General Assembly to find legislative solutions to gun access, poverty and mental health care.

Monday, August 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Murt, gun control activists hope third time is the charm to close state's gun show loophole

Murt, gun control activists hope third time is the charm to close state's gun show loophole

A Republican lawmaker is gearing up for another fight over closing the so-called “gun show loophole,” hoping that the third time's the charm for accomplishing one of the long-held goals for Pennsylvania gun control activists.

Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) is set to introduce a bill, currently being circulated for co-sponsorship, which would create a special check, valid for 48 hours, designed for gun show attendees. It would also require all gun sales be from a federally licensed dealer or take place in front of a sheriff’s deputy.
Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations

Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations

A panel of lawmakers voted to approve a measure that would preempt local gun control ordinances, barring municipalities from approving stricter regulations than what the state has passed.

The bill, authored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria), is nearly identical to a provision of Act 192 of 2014, which the state Supreme Court rendered unconstitutional in 2014. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh mayor signs gun control legislation into law, lawsuits follow

Pittsburgh mayor signs gun control legislation into law, lawsuits follow

To the relief of gun control proponents and ire of gun advocates, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed City Council’s much debated gun control legislation into law Tuesday. For the law’s supporters, in the aftermath of the Tree of Life massacre, the regulations that include an assault weapons ban with accessories as well as allowing the confiscation of firearms from residents deemed an “extreme risk” is long overdue.

But, there’s a major hitch, as state law prevents municipalities from passing gun control measures. Which is why, with the ink barely dry on the new laws and shortly after the signing, organizations such as Firearm Owners Against Crime, the Firearm Policy Coalition, and the Firearm Policy Foundation followed through on threats made in public hearings and council meetings and filed a lawsuit against the steel city.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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