Pa. legislature becomes test bed for shifting sands on gun control

Pa. legislature becomes test bed for shifting sands on gun control

Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-Bucks County, discusses a gun control bill with members of the state House Judiciary Committee. For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania legislature has been the place where gun control bills went to die. If that changes this year, it will be further evidence that the recent spate of mass shootings – and the new waves of public advocacy it has unleashed – are moving the political needle in America. At least, in an election year. One of those signs occurred last month, when the state Senate voted 50-0 in favor of a bill that would require anyone who gets a final protection-from-abuse order imposed on them to surrender any guns they own. As recently as last year, a slightly stricter version of that bill couldn’t get a floor vote in the state House or Senate: in March, it passed unanimously. A second step may have […]

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