What We’re Fighting For

Some sort of intro text like the other pages have about how you are for good things not just against bad things. It is nice to see that some things will improve lives isn’t it? Just typing now so that I can make this long enough to look pretty good.

Background Checks

Background checks are a good idea and an effective policy. Background checks work to block purchases to people who are not allowed to buy guns because of their criminal records or mental health history. But loopholes exist in the background check system that enable some of those people  to get guns. We can fix this.

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Extreme Risk Protection Order

Following in the footsteps of states that have enacted similar laws to prevent gun violence, including TX, CT,CA, and IN, the intent of this legislation is to provide a mechanism for families, friends, and others, to petition the court for a firearm restraining order when there is good cause to believe an individual poses an immediate threat tot he safety of a family, household member, or other person by possessing or having a firearm, other weapon, or ammunition in his/her custody or control.

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Lost and Stolen Gun Reporting

Mandatory reporting of Lost or Stolen firearms is designed to crack down on some of the major sources of crime guns: loss, theft, and straw purchasers – people who buy guns and then sell them illegally to people who can’t buy them on their own.  The police tell us that this commonsense law helps them identify traffickers and straw purchasers.

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Domestic Violence

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Safe Storage

Unlike many other states, Pennsylvania does not have any child access prevention policies that penalize adults who give children unsupervised access to firearms.  Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is not immune from the tragic consequences when children get access to their parents’ guns: every year there are accidents as well as criminal shootings by children who have found guns in and taken guns from their own homes.  Child access prevention laws have been shown to be effective at reducing unintentional firearm deaths among children. We will work to advance such policies in Pennsylvania.

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