Keeping Up With The Neighbors: New Jersey's new gun laws

Keeping Up With The Neighbors: New Jersey's new gun laws

Spurred by the watershed Parkland shooting early this year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly grappled with the issue of firearm laws through a slew of public hearings, voting meetings and floor votes for relatively little gain in the eyes of gun control activists. New Jersey lawmakers, by contrast, in comparatively short order passed half a dozen measures that supporters argued would make communities safer and less vulnerable to armed attackers, and which opponents lamented as an unacceptable abridgment of fundamental rights.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Post-Parkland and post-House hearings, Wolf and legislative leadership consider how to address gun violence

Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his support for bills increasing gun control in the state Monday as elected officials weigh how best to reduce gun deaths.

A major target of Wolf’s encouragement was SB 501, the first major gun policy bill since the Parkland School shooting — which has brought the gun debate to blistering new levels — to pass a chamber. 

Monday, April 23, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
House Judiciary chair wants public feedback about gun laws

House Judiciary chair wants public feedback about gun laws

Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) announced Wednesday during the House Judiciary Committee’s last in a series of gun policy meetings that he wants the public to share its opinions about how to tackle gun violence. He encouraged members of the public to submit written testimony to his Capitol office, and selected advocacy groups will be invited to testify in person at a hearing in May.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
House Members discuss preventative measures against mass shootings

House Members discuss preventative measures against mass shootings

House members focused on bills about accessibility to mental health resources and arming teachers in schools during the House Judiciary Committee’s third day of gun policy public hearings Wednesday.

Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) supports expanding mental health resources, especially for those who may be a threat.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
House members split over bill that would expand background checks for gun purchases

House members split over bill that would expand background checks for gun purchases

State representatives were torn Tuesday, at the House Judiciary Committee’s second public hearing on gun policy, over whether or not to support House Bill 1400, which would require background checks on all firearm purchases. 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
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