gun-control

Democrats Fetterman and Frost say choice between Trump and Biden on guns is clear

BY: - February 9, 2024

Sen. John Fetterman called the Friday NRA event “a jamboree for gun nuts,” but acknowledged that Trump has support in Pennsylvania. “Trump is definitely going to … connect in Pennsylvania. He is popular in my home state,” he said. The decision would come down to “what kind of four years do we want?”

White House to meet with dozens of Democratic state legislators on gun violence prevention

BY: - December 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House announced its Office of Gun Violence Prevention will meet Wednesday with nearly 100 Democratic state legislators in an effort to reduce gun violence and offer federal support. As part of the meeting, known as the Safer States Initiative, the Biden administration will aim to provide states with more tools and […]

Gun violence as a public health crisis explored by U.S. Senate Democrats

BY: - November 29, 2023

"We are turning into a nation of traumatized survivors,” said Megan L. Ranney, dean of the Yale School of Public Health.

‘Nationwide gun emergency’ discussed by U.S. House Democrats at roundtable meeting

BY: - November 14, 2023

Democrats said they opted to organize the roundtable after being turned down in their request for a formal hearing to Republicans who control the chamber.

Casey bill would bar people convicted of violent misdemeanor hate crimes from obtaining guns

BY: - September 14, 2023

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.,on Thursday introduced legislation that would prevent people convicted of violent misdemeanor hate crimes from obtaining guns.  The Disarm Hate Act addresses a gap in current federal law, which currently prohibits those convicted of felonies — including hate crimes— from possessing guns. The bill would update the law to include those […]

GOP lawmakers concerned gun safety law could affect school hunting programs

BY: - September 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers are concerned that the Biden administration is interpreting last year’s bipartisan gun safety law to cut funding for school archery and hunting programs, though programs themselves say they haven’t been affected. A provision in the law – a bipartisan effort to curb gun violence that established new criminal offenses, and expanded background […]

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Panic buttons can’t be our only response to shootings

BY: - August 31, 2023

We are literally days into a new school year and already there has been a shooting on a U.S. college campus. This time at the University of North Carolina. Frightened students, scared for their lives could be seen jumping out of windows to safety. This scene is eerily reminiscent of the Columbine shooting that took […]

Pa. Senate Democrats, Lt. Gov. Davis call for vote on gun control bills

BY: - June 5, 2023

The House narrowly approved the bills in May, sending them to the Senate for consideration.

Elected offcials, gun crime activists call on voters to elect gun reform candidates

BY: - September 27, 2022

The rally, organized by the anti-gun violence group Giffords, came as the statewide races for U.S. Senate, governor and lieutenant governor near the final month before  Election Day. Giffords is named for former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot at an event with constituents in 2011. 

A man shoots AR-15 rifles and other weapons at a shooting range during the “Rod of Iron Freedom Festival” on October 12, 2019 in Greeley, Pa. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).

Judiciary committee deletes age restrictions for assault weapon ownership

BY: - June 21, 2022

House Republicans stripped a bill barring people younger than 21 from obtaining assault weapons and replaced it with concealed-carry language Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed in December.

A Pa. Republican backed gun restrictions for domestic abusers in Harrisburg. He didn’t in Washington D.C.

BY: - March 26, 2021

A little more than two years ago, then-state Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder, stood on the floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with a message for his conservative colleagues. At the time, the chamber was considering a bill that would become Act 79, which makes it easier to take guns away from convicted domestic abusers, […]

How inaction in Harrisburg stalled a Philadelphia gun-control law until 2020

BY: - December 21, 2019

The General Assembly broke for the year without acting on a . bill authorizing 'Safe Haven' legislation, delaying any potential vote until 2020.