F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

80 percent of voters strongly or somewhat favor legislation that would allow courts to take control of a person’s weapons if a judge determines them to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall University released Thursday.

That number, however, falls to 66 percent when voters are informed a gun owner might “temporarily lose their firearms before they can represent themselves in court,” a gap which illustrates the difficult landscape gun control activists must face in the state.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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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
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Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health

Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health

As Democratic lawmakers continue to call for gun reforms, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) this week announced the committee’s fall schedule, promising a series of hearings on gun violence, the statute of limitations and the parole process in Pennsylvania.

After two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas earlier this month, Baker pledged to hold public hearings prior to taking action on gun-related measures. Those hearings will be held on September 24 and September 25 to address “behavioral health, Second Amendment rights and other gun-related issues,” according to a release from her office.
Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know Episode 18: Gun control debate returns to Harrisburg

Right 2 Know Episode 18: Gun control debate returns to Harrisburg

Justin and Andrew talk about the renewed calls for legislation to address gun violence in the commonwealth, coming on the heels of two mass shootings last weekend. We get the latest on potential "red flag" legislation and run down why lawmakers may be looking to put more resources into mental health programming in schools. Like what you hear? Follow us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Play.
Friday, August 9, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks

Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks

Thirty-one people died after mass shootings in Ohio and Texas last weekend, prompting Pennsylvania Democrats to call for stronger gun laws before the Keystone State suffers another mass shooting of its own. 

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday stopped short of calling for a special session to address gun violence, but the York County Democrat made clear that he wants to see movement on major gun-related bills this session. 
Thursday, August 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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