Pennsylvania gun violence activists set sights on new bill

Pennsylvania gun violence activists set sights on new bill

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HARRISBURG – Fresh from a victory in Pennsylvania last fall, anti-gun violence advocates are turning their attention to legislation to empower family members or police to seek the immediate, if temporary, seizure of someone’s firearms. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America went to the state Capitol on Monday to press the case for the bill, sometimes called a "red flag" bill in other states. Under it, someone who is deemed to represent a danger of suicide or a serious threat to another person could be the subject of an "extreme risk protection order." Judges who are petitioned by police or a family member could consider a person’s threats or attempts at suicide or violence; domestic abuse; excessive use of drugs or alcohol; the recent acquisition of a firearm; or a couple other factors. Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, supports the legislation, and backers of the bills – primarily Democratic lawmakers and Republicans from suburban Philadelphia – say such a rule could help prevent suicides, school shootings and other instances of gun violence. A rally Monday drew Robert Schentrup, whose sister was a victim of last year’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and Julia Spoor, a 17-year-old Jenkintown resident who helped launch Students Demand Action after her father committed suicide. Speaking at the rally, Spoor warned lawmakers aligned with the National Rifle Association that she will turn 18 – voting age – soon, and so will millions of others like her. "Us meddling kids will finally have […]

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