An opinion piece published in The Scranton-Times Tribune urges Pennsylvania’s legislators to vote in favor of public safety rather than special interest groups like the NRA.

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Two gun-related bills could come up for votes as early as today. One, HB 2011, “would allow suits against municipal governments that pass reporting laws, and assign the costs of the suits to the governments – a factor that by itself would dissuade many small governments from enacting the sensible public safety measure.” The other would require Pennsylvania to share its mental health records with NICS, a move intended to help prevent people with histories of violence from obtaining guns.

“The reporting and background measures would not preclude anyone from lawfully owning a gun, while contributing to public safety,” the author notes. Lawmakers must protect the people they claim to serve by voting appropriately on these bills.