F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

80 percent of voters strongly or somewhat favor legislation that would allow courts to take control of a person’s weapons if a judge determines them to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall University released Thursday.

That number, however, falls to 66 percent when voters are informed a gun owner might “temporarily lose their firearms before they can represent themselves in court,” a gap which illustrates the difficult landscape gun control activists must face in the state.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Council committee forwards four public safety bills

Philadelphia City Council committee forwards four public safety bills

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Public Safety offered favorable recommendations Wednesday for three ordinances and a resolution to matters under consideration or recently passed by Harrisburg. 
 
Philadelphia has long sought to expand gun safety regulations in the city, only to see previous measures pre-empted by the General Assembly. Some of the bills that earned recommendation in the hearing have been proposed in previous sessions.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Rep. Bullock introduces “Safe Haven” bill

Rep. Bullock introduces “Safe Haven” bill

Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) introduced a bill in August that would ban guns and other dangerous weapons in public parks and recreation facilities.
 
The legislation, House Bill 1764, comes in the wake of multiple incidents at parks and other public areas during the summer. In Philadelphia, six were shot at a large cookout in a Southwest Philadelphia park over Father’s Day weekend.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
City Council passes lead remediation for residences

City Council passes lead remediation for residences

Philadelphia City Council Thursday unanimously passed a bill to allow for lead inspections in apartments and rented homes, starting next year.
 
The bill, introduced by Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large) earlier this year, creates a staggered schedule for residences rented to families with small children for inspections and testing for lead paint. This is the third bill Reynolds Brown has authored on lead in facilities that council has passed this year.
Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Advocates call for ERPOs as a tool to combat suicides

Advocates call for ERPOs as a tool to combat suicides

Lost during gun control conversations, advocates say, is consideration for the role of firearms in suicides.

While the gun violence debate frequently centers around mass shootings and illegal gun crimes, roughly 200 activists who filled the Capitol rotunda steps on Tuesday said that more attention should be paid to the hundreds lost each year to firearm-involved suicides. 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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