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
from Governor Wolf, November 13, 2017 [n.b. Senator Andy Dinniman, D-19, is among the 14 senators who introduced the bill]
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today called on the General Assembly to pass bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 501 sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware), that would prohibit domestic abusers subject to final Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders from possessing firearms. Across the country, recent mass shootings often have a common thread: perpetrators with a history of domestic violence.
“We must protect victims – spouses and children – of domestic violence and attempt to prevent domestic abusers from escalating their violence in everyday places that result in mass murder,” Governor Wolf said. “It is time for the General Assembly to act on this bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect victims and reduce violence.”
According to recent research, from 2009 to 2016 in the U.S., there have been 156 mass shootings—incidents in which four or more people were shot and killed, not including the shooter. These incidents resulted in 1,187 victims shot: 848 people were shot and killed, and 339 people were shot and injured. The majority of mass shootings—54 percent of cases—were related to domestic or family violence.
Senate Bill 501 was introduced at the beginning of this session and referred to committee in late March of 2017. It has bipartisan sponsors from across the state in the Senate.
Governor Wolf has pushed for a package of reforms aimed at combatting domestic violence, including SB 501 and: Continue reading
Tom Buglio, Chairman of the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence:
“Mary Ellen scored a perfect score on both our Questionnaire and the CeaseFire Questionnaire on gun violence prevention, and no doubt will be a champion for our cause when elected to US Congress in the 7th district. The Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is proud to endorse Mary Ellen Balchunis for United States House of Representatives.”
Mary Ellen Balchunis, Democratic Nominee for PA’s 7th Congressional District:
“The CCCPGV has consistently and constantly pushed to stop gun violence in Chester County and beyond. I have been proud to work with them on their initiatives and am honored to have their endorsement.”
Mary Ellen will stand up against the NRA and protect our families and our children.
She has spoken out against gun violence and participated in many events to work for and lobby for common sense gun legislation.
Please come out and help us celebrate our endorsements with Admiral Joe Sestak on Wednesday, July 13th at Margret Kuo’s in Wayne from 5:30 – 7:30
from Josh Shapiro for Attorney General
“The horrific violence perpetrated against victims in every corner of our Commonwealth makes clear that we must do more to combat gun violence. Gun trafficking, straw purchases, and gray market gun sales threaten us all by putting weapons in the hands of dangerous people. As Attorney General, I will aggressively pursue the sources of these illegal guns and work with police and prosecutors across Pennsylvania to reduce gun violence.” – Josh Shapiro
Beef up and expand the Gun Violence Task Force beyond Philadelphia’s borders.
Establish and implement model gun show procedures.
Prosecute prohibited purchasers who fail background checks.
Review concealed carry permit reciprocity agreements.
Increase awareness of laws against straw purchasing and simplify purchase forms.
Expand background checks to cover private sales of long guns.
Advocate for a statewide lost or stolen gun reporting requirement….
read details of each point at Josh Shapiro for Attorney General