by Anne Neborak, DelCo Times, 6/3/17
MEDIA >> More than 400 people wearing orange filled the Second Baptist Church of Media Friday night in a show of unity to shoot down gun violence.
It was standing room only at the Wear Orange Rally and Walk for National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
The rally and walk sponsored by Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy is Cochaired by Terry Rumsey and Robin Lasersohn. The group is lobbying to pass legislation to establish universal background checks on guns sales in Pennsylvania with House Bill 1400, which is sponsored by state Rep. James Santora, R-163, of Upper Darby.
Rumsey and Lasersohn spoke about the importance of contacting legislators to work toward sensible gun policies. Lasersohn wants to rename Friday’s National Gun Violence Awareness Day to National Gun Violence Awareness and Action Day.
Legislators state Sen. Tom Killion, R-9, Rep. Santora and state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-161, attended the march and rally to advocate and support an end gun to violence through legislation.
It came on a day – National Gun Violence Awareness Day – when four different shooting incidents took place in the city of Chester, including one that took the life of a 16-year-old walking to school at Chester High.
Killion has authored Senate Bill 501, which would work to get the guns out of persons facing a protection from abuse order in domestic violence situations. Currently in a domestic abuse situation the person subject of the order has 60 days to give up their firearms, and they can give them to a friend or relative. Under Killion’s measure a person suspected of domestic abuse would have to surrender their firearms to a law enforcement officer within 24 hours….
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