Philly “red flag” laws awaiting review and Mayor’s signature

Philly “red flag” laws awaiting review and Mayor’s signature

A bill authorizing the removal of guns from those considered a threat to themselves and others passed Philadelphia City Council and now awaits the signature of Mayor Jim Kenney (D). If signed, it will likely face a legal challenge. 

Philadelphia is the second major jurisdiction in the commonwealth to pass legislation regarding protective orders against citizens that would remove firearms from their possession. The one passed in Allegheny County has already been challenged in court and a county judge deemed it “void and unenforceable” last month.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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
Senate hearings reveal need for more behavioral health services; gun control legislation still in question

Senate hearings reveal need for more behavioral health services; gun control legislation still in question

A spate of marathon Senate Judiciary Committee hearings revealed a glimpse into the complex task of reducing gun violence across the commonwealth, and while panelists appeared to agree on the need for expanded mental health services, the future of gun-related legislation remains in question for members of the General Assembly.  

The long-awaited hearings, promised by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) as a “prelude to action” following two summer mass shootings in the U.S., featured testimony from psychiatrists, gun rights advocates, prosecutors and gun control advocates — who all appeared to agree that residents lack access to mental health care that could reduce instances of violence. 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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
Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue

Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue

In the year that has followed the Tree of Life massacre, which left 11 people dead and several others injured, Democratic lawmakers inside and outside of city limits have sought gun control with varying degrees of success. Hoping to understand the causes and the impact it has on the community, Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), as a Pittsburgh native and the chair of the Health Committee, called a hearing to discuss gun violence and its impact on public health on Friday. 

From a mental health perspective, Dr. John Rozel, the president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, stressed the importance of understanding that most mentally ill people aren’t violent and that the consequences of experiencing gun violence can last a lifetime.
Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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