Bill to take guns out of the hands of those at risk of causing harm draws bipartisan support

Bill to take guns out of the hands of those at risk of causing harm draws bipartisan support

Gun Rights

Gov. Tom Wolf was among those who spoke at a Moms Demand Action rally at the state Capitol on Monday, calling for passage of an Extreme Risk Protection Order law. That would allow family members and law enforcement to obtain court orders to temporarily remove firearms from individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others. Nine Pennsylvanians, on average, die from gun-related suicide every day – and on Feb. 2, 2003, that’s how Rep. Jennifer O’Mara lost her father. The Delaware County Democratic lawmaker shared at a Capitol Rotunda rally in support of a temporary gun confiscation bill on Monday that her father, a career firefighter, began showing signs that winter that something was wrong. She recalled one day how he uncharacteristically cried on her shoulder. She said she also knew he had a firearm – and she and her mother found he used it for the last time to take his own life. If Pennsylvania had had an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) law that allows the court to order the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who pose a risk of harming themselves or others, O’Mara said her family could have used that tool to save her father. “We’re tired of people dying to gun violence in this state and we know that ERPO is common sense and will help save lives,” O’Mara said. The Pennsylvania chapter of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots public safety advocacy organization, has made passing an extreme risk protection order law […]

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