Rep. Steve Santarsiero, October 15, 2015
NORRISTOWN, Oct. 15 – On the Montgomery County Courthouse steps today, prominent Pennsylvania lawmakers, gun-safety advocates, domestic-violence experts and victims of gun violence rallied behind a plan to enact universal background checks for gun purchases in Pennsylvania.
House Bill 1010, sponsored by state Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, would require all firearms – including the private sale of long guns – to be done before a licensed firearms dealer or county sheriff in order to complete a background check on the purchaser’s criminal history or involuntary commitment to a mental health facility. Currently, state law does not require that background checks be conducted for the private purchase of long guns.
“Right now in Pennsylvania, criminals may lawfully purchase an assault rifle even though it is illegal for that same criminal to purchase a handgun,” Santarsiero said. “The people here with us today and I are among the vast majority of Pennsylvanians who believe that is something that needs to be fixed.
“We can be paralyzed by fear, horror and sadness or we can take action,” Santarsiero said, referencing what he categorized as almost-routine mass shootings. “We are here today because we have chosen to act. We are a coalition that is more representative of our community than the NRA, and we will prevail.”…
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