Pennsylvania gun control group urge passing of domestic violence gun bill
By Andrew Shepperson
Members of gun control group Moms Demand Action gathered with state lawmakers and law enforcement officials to urge action on a domestic violence gun bill. (Photo: Facebook)
Members of gun control group Moms Demand Action’s Pennsylvania chapter gathered around the state this week to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would strengthen firearms restrictions for domestic abusers.
The proposal, Senate Bill 501, would require those under domestic violence restraining orders and those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes to surrender their guns to law enforcement or to a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer. The measure would also require individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to give up their firearms within 24 hours of conviction.
Under current Pennsylvania law, people ordered to surrender guns can give them to a third-party for safekeeping and have 60 days to give them up, but backers of the proposal say the current law gives domestic abusers too much leeway and does not do enough to protect victims.
Republican State Sen. Tom McGarringle and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan stood with members of the gun control group and law enforcement officials to urge action on the bill, which has been waiting in the Senate Judiciary Committee since March.
“When victims of domestic