Paul Muschick: 9 gun control bills to support — and 11 to shun in Pennsylvania Legislature

Paul Muschick: 9 gun control bills to support — and 11 to shun in Pennsylvania Legislature

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About 40 bills related to firearms and gun violence have been introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature already this year. Some make sense. Some go too far. Some are well-intended but would do little good. (MICHELE EVE SANDBERG / AFP/Getty Images) Pennsylvania lawmakers showed courage last year and took steps to reduce gun violence. They passed the first gun-control bill in a decade, and advanced other bills out of committee with bipartisan support. While those other bills didn’t become law, momentum was gained . And it’s heartening to see it has carried over into 2019. Only a few months into this year, roughly 40 bills have been introduced that would regulate firearms or address gun violence in other ways. A lot of those bills have merit. But lawmakers must be careful not to over-regulate. Some bills appear well-intended but wouldn’t accomplish much. Others would go too far in restricting the ability of people to arm themselves and live without unnecessary government oversight. Here’s are some of the bills that are worthwhile, and some that are not: Worthwhile Training for concealed carry permits : Senate Bill 195 and House Bill 724 would require training, which is mandatory in 39 other states. Mandatory sentence for firearms crimes: House Bill 726 would clarify that an existing statute requiring a five-year sentence for conviction of a crime with a firearm cannot be plea bargained away, and must be imposed in addition to any other sentence. Expanded background checks: House Bill 673 and Senate Bill […]

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