Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle

Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle

An emotional speech from a Pittsburgh city councilman on Tuesday suggested that a new chapter in Pennsylvania’s preemption wars could soon begin.


Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4) made a defiant speech during a council meeting, calling on the city to pass stricter gun laws—specifically against assault weapons—even in the face of state law and precedent on local legislation.

“You want to fight? We’re here to fight. Our community is here to fight,” O’Connor said at a council meeting. “I think our city, our nation everybody is ready to fight this. This has been a long time coming.”
Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

After two years of pushing for a bill to restrict domestic abusers access to firearms, Deb Marteslo, Pennsylvania lead for Moms Demand Action, was nervous before the last barrier to the governor’s desk — a final floor vote in the state Senate.

“We’ve been stymied so many times, I wasn’t allowing myself to think it’s a done deal,” Marteslo said.

But by a 43-5 bipartisan vote, the senators approved HB 2060, which mandates convicted domestic abusers give up their guns within 24 hours of a final protection from abuse order and limits who can hold onto them for safe keeping Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With summer over, lawmakers resume push to restrict domestic abusers' access to guns

With summer over, lawmakers resume push to restrict domestic abusers' access to guns

Advocates and lawmakers took their campaign to push the passage of a bill to restrict convicted domestic abusers’ access to firearms across the commonwealth this week.

In events in Pittsburgh, State College, Reading and West Chester, bipartisan members of the Pennsylvania House called for an immediate vote on the legislation, HB 2060. It would mandate that, after a judge’s order, protection from abuse recipients hand over their guns within 24 hours.
Friday, September 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech

State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech

Just five years ago, conversations about the Liberator — the small, one shot 3D-printed handgun whose plans were made available online in 2013 — would have mostly been confined to internet forums and social media.

But following the Defense Distributed settlement with the federal government June 29, which allowed the organization to post not just its plans for the Liberator online, but for also schematics for semi-automatic handguns and assault rifles, addressing the new reality of a printable arsenal is popping up in the halls of Harrisburg.

Thursday, August 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Passing up big votes, House holds last scheduled session day until fall

Red shirts and green pins filled the Capitol rotunda, while Republican lawmakers convened the press Monday, all pushing separate bills they wanted to see passed on the last day of session before summer.

But by Monday afternoon, after some recognition of guests and a heavily debated bill on nursing home lawsuits, all were left disappointed that their numbers hadn’t come up.

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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