What’s on the Table for Gun Safety Reform in PA?

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Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis talk to state legislators and mayors about the possible options for state-level action. What would you all like to see happen? Streamlining involuntary mental health commitments and sharing that information with gun sellers seems like a promising idea out of Colorado:

Rendell thinks federal legislation such as restoring the assault weapons ban or limiting gun magazine capacities has the potential for the greatest impact on crime reduction.

But he said a measure such as reporting of lost and stolen weapons would help curb gun violence in Pennsylvania. As governor, Rendell fought unsuccessfully for additional gun restrictions, including a reporting measure and a one-handgun-a-month limit.

State Rep. Todd Stephens (R., Montgomery) on Monday sent a memo seeking cosponsors for a bill he plans to introduce requiring state police to send mental-health data within 90 days to the federal database used to screen gun purchasers.

“Those who have been committed to a mental institution are prohibited from possessing firearms, but unless we include our mental-health data in the nationwide database, these individuals may fall through the cracks and improperly be permitted to purchase firearms despite mental-health issues.”

Mayor Nutter, who was in the Capitol on Monday for the meeting of the state’s electoral college, said that he supports “reasonable” gun-safety laws, such as an assault weapons ban and tightening background checks, and that he wants to ensure adequate funding of mental-health services.

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2 Responses to What’s on the Table for Gun Safety Reform in PA?

  1. 1 handgun a month limit won’t impact all that much. 2 years == 24 handguns. The straw-buying penalties being raised to minimum 5 years is a bigger deal.

    I still believe in a Gun Offender Registry and mandating VUFA charges on convictions be sentenced consecutively with other charges, rather being rolled up into concurrent sentencing. It forces the judge to explain to the defendant just how much time is on their sentence because of the gun.

    We also need a serious discussion about nolle prosse’ing away gun charges by district attorneys.


  2. Denny Bonavita says:

    Let’s take the path of least resistance re: stolen guns. If the real gun fanatics don’t want to report their guns as stolen because they’re fearful “Big Brother” will then be alerted to come after their remaining (or replacement) guns, fine. Let’s just enact a law that forbids insurance companies from paying for stolen guns absent a valid police report. That way, if you want to uphold your principle, go ahead, but you’ll leave a lot of money on the table. And as we all know, money is very persuasive.