Gun report card gives PA a C+

Gun report card gives PA a C+

The Pennsylvania Capitol Builiding in Harrisburg is shown in this Oct. 7, 2015, file photo. HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s barely above average when it comes to gun laws, according to new grades released this week by the Giffords Law Center, based in San Francisco. The group gave Pennsylvania a “C+” grade. The report notes that Pennsylvania already has the 12th strongest gun laws in the country. But the Giffords Center called on the state to pass an Extreme Risk Protection Order law and to move to universal background checks on gun sales. Pennsylvania currently has a loophole that allows for private sales of rifles and shotguns without a background check. “The rise of gun safety laws, which accelerated after Parkland captured the nation’s attention and crystalized demands for action shows that leaders on both sides of the aisle are taking action,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Looking to the states that made improvements over the past year demonstrates that more legislatures are awakening to the fact that the time to act is now.” The Giffords report came out two days after Gov. Tom Wolf used a portion of his budget address to urge the General Assembly to take additional action to combat gun violence. “I understand that unimaginable tragedy is part of life. But when it comes to gun violence, we have gotten to a point where these kinds of tragedies are no longer unimaginable at all,” Wolf said in his […]

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