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Gun debate resurfaces in Pennsylvania House

Published September 24. 2019 09:15AM

HARRISBURG — The debate over guns is reviving in Pennsylvania’s Legislature, although Democrats say the process ignores their top priorities and could end up loosening gun laws.

Tuesday marks the start of a two-day Senate committee hearing on gun violence and a slate of House committee votes on gun-related legislation.

The action follows a burst of gun violence in Philadelphia and the wounding of six city police officers in a standoff. Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature is historically protective of gun rights.

The House committee could advance legislation to more swiftly take away guns from someone who was involuntarily committed for mental health treatment. Another bill would make it easier to get courts to strike down municipal firearms ordinances.

The priorities of Gov. Tom Wolf and his fellow Democrats include expanding background checks.

I am a gun owner. As the R's and D's try to preserve an idealized past, I can only think of the last words from little Marion Fisher that have haunted me since I heard them. "Shoot me first"
as the tears stream down my face as I write this.
Just say NO!
For them to, "swiftly take away guns from someone who was involuntarily committed for mental health treatment" has me asking, why and by whom were these "Someone" people committed? We'll put a lot of power in to the hands of the Psychologists and Therapists.
Have you any idea how many people that simple qualifier could influence?
We already have enough laws... ENFORCE what we have!

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