Category Archives: Guns

CCDC urges state and federal lawmakers to enact stronger protections against gun violence

[reposted 5/19/18: still waiting for legislators to act]

At its February 28, 2018, meeting, the CCDC Executive Committee enacted a resolution urging lawmakers to rise to the challenge of the gun violence epidemic in our country.

The measures requested include:

Preventing known and suspected terrorists, those convicted of violent hate crimes, and those with a history of domestic abuse from illegally buying guns.

Ensuring that background checks are required on all sales, including online and at gun shows.

Preserving the provisions of the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), which provides instant access to background records.

Requiring trigger locks on all firearms in houses where children are present.

Banning access to assault-style weapons.

Reducing the number of permissible cartridges in a clip or magazine.

View or download the full document including the underlying “whereases,” here: Gun Resolution CCDC 2-28-18

Governor Wolf Urges Commonsense Gun Safety, Background Checks on All Gun Purchases

from Governor Tom Wolf, 4/23/18

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined today by Acting State Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick, legislators and stakeholders to urge passage of commonsense gun safety legislation, including background checks on all gun purchases in Pennsylvania.

“All of Pennsylvania’s citizens have the right to live happy, healthy lives free from fear about their and their family’s personal safety,” Gov. Wolf said. “Unfortunately, in the past decades we have seen that sense of security, that sense of safety, threatened. I am calling on the legislature to take up additional commonsense gun reform bills that will help us close dangerous loopholes and keep weapons out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to Pennsylvania’s citizens.

“We should pass legislation that requires all those who wish to purchase a firearm to go through a State Police background check; universal background checks are one of the best ways we can keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals.”

“In the commonwealth, a firearms transaction between two private parties does not require a background check if the firearm falls within certain criteria (these firearms are commonly referred to as long guns),” Lt. Col. Evanchick said. “It is this void in the current law we are in support of changing. The Pennsylvania State Police encourages closing this void in the current law and requests that all firearm purchases and or transfer of ownership require a universal background check.”

The governor also urged the House to quickly pass Senate Bill 501, which the Senate recently unanimously passed, and which prevents domestic abusers with protection from abuse orders against them from owning or possessing guns…

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Weapons of war don’t belong on our streets

from John Fetterman, one of 5 candidates for Lieutenant Governor, of whom CCDC has endorsed Kathi Cozzone. For more on all 5, see here.

Weapons of war don’t belong on our streets.

But here in Pennsylvania, buying an assault weapon is as easy as buying a hoagie. That’s because a background check is not mandatory to purchase long guns, which includes assault weapons.

Support for a ban on assault weapons is the highest it’s been in years in this country, which should make State Representative Ed Gainey’s bold bill to ban assault weapons in our state — HB 194 — an easy sell. But for too long, the Republican-controlled State House and State Senate have stood in the way of any commonsense gun reform. That ends now.

Tell Republicans in Harrisburg: “Put your constituents ahead of the gun lobby! Take immediate action on HB 194 to ban weapons of war, which have no place in the hands of private citizens.”


I’d like to think we could have saved the many lives lost to gun violence here in Braddock and across Pennsylvania with regulations that kept those firearms out of the hands of criminals to begin with. And if I am lucky enough to serve as your next Lieutenant Governor, I will work with Rep. Gainey in Harrisburg to see this assault weapons ban and other commonsense gun reform bills through. But first, I need your help.

Will you join me? Add your name in support of Rep. Gainey’s bill to ban assault weapons.

Thank you for taking action on this,

Appeal to Republican lawmakers on background checks

Letter to Daily Local News from Will Wood, 4/03/18

The Republican party has its roots in solving a national crisis. The party was started by voters willing to put aside all other issues to focus on abolishing slavery, and to their great credit, they succeeded. At this point in our history our country seems to be in the grips of many crises, but among them is one that offers some low hanging fruit.

A recent Fox News poll showed that 91 percent of American voters support universal background checks for gun purchasers. I would bet 91 percent of Americans don’t even agree on apple pie and baseball, but they agree on universal background checks.

Expanding background checks has come before the Senate three times since 1999. You would expect that the votes in Senate would reflect public sentiment, since that is what legislators are hired to do, however only 11 percent of Republican Senators voted to close the gun show loophole in 1999, 8 percent in 2015, and 2 percent (one lone Senator) in 2016 which is pretty much the exact opposite of the will of the electorate. By contrast 98 percent of the Democratic Senators voted to close the gun show loop hole in 1999, 98 percent voted to close the loophole in 2015, and 93 percent voted for it in 2016, which is much more reflective of public opinion….

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