Fight over gun control expected to intensify at Capitol in coming weeks

Fight over gun control expected to intensify at Capitol in coming weeks

HARRISBURG — State lawmakers appear poised to consider a number of gun reform bills during their June session, lobbyists on both sides of the issue said Thursday. Among the bills that seem set for action are measures that would close a loophole domestic violence advocates say allows abusers access to guns and a “red flag" bill that would make it easier for relatives to cut off access to firearms for people in mental crisis. “If we can get that done, I think we will save lives,” said Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFire PA. Kim Stolfer, president of Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Against Crime, agreed that the House seems ready to consider the legislation. He disagreed with Goodman over how much good the bills will do. Stolfer said that gun-control groups have been over-estimating what kind of difference the laws would have made if they’d been in place prior to murders in Pennsylvania and around the country. He said the measures “have no attachment to reality” and are intended to “demonize” gun-owners. Marybeth Christiansen, legislative lead in Pennsylvania for Moms Demand Action, said that the red flag bill might have helped prevent the Parkland, Fla., shooting on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. Lawmakers in Florida passed a red flag law after the Parkland shooting. Florida is one of eight states with red flag laws, and Pennsylvania is one of 27 states considering similar legislation, according to Everytown for Gun Safety. Activists also […]

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