Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle

Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle

An emotional speech from a Pittsburgh city councilman on Tuesday suggested that a new chapter in Pennsylvania’s preemption wars could soon begin.


Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4) made a defiant speech during a council meeting, calling on the city to pass stricter gun laws—specifically against assault weapons—even in the face of state law and precedent on local legislation.

“You want to fight? We’re here to fight. Our community is here to fight,” O’Connor said at a council meeting. “I think our city, our nation everybody is ready to fight this. This has been a long time coming.”
Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Wolf signs firearm restrictions for domestic absuers

Wolf signs firearm restrictions for domestic absuers

After years of advocate energy and two bipartisan votes brought it to his desk, Friday evening Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill restructuring domestic abusers' access to firearms.

Previously, final PFA recipients had 60 days to hand over their firearms when required by a judge, and could hand them off to friends and family.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Restrictions to domestic abusers gun ownership pass House

Restrictions to domestic abusers gun ownership pass House

After months of caucusing and discussion, the Pennsylvania House finally passed a bill aimed to limit domestic abusers access to firearms.

By a 131-62 vote, the House approved HB 2060 which requires convicted domestic abusers or final PFA recipients hand over their guns within 24 hours to a lawyer, sheriff or gun dealer.

Previously, convicted domestic abusers had 60 days to hand over weapons and could give them to a friend for safekeeping.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With summer over, lawmakers resume push to restrict domestic abusers' access to guns

With summer over, lawmakers resume push to restrict domestic abusers' access to guns

Advocates and lawmakers took their campaign to push the passage of a bill to restrict convicted domestic abusers’ access to firearms across the commonwealth this week.

In events in Pittsburgh, State College, Reading and West Chester, bipartisan members of the Pennsylvania House called for an immediate vote on the legislation, HB 2060. It would mandate that, after a judge’s order, protection from abuse recipients hand over their guns within 24 hours.
Friday, September 7, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech

State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech

Just five years ago, conversations about the Liberator — the small, one shot 3D-printed handgun whose plans were made available online in 2013 — would have mostly been confined to internet forums and social media.

But following the Defense Distributed settlement with the federal government June 29, which allowed the organization to post not just its plans for the Liberator online, but for also schematics for semi-automatic handguns and assault rifles, addressing the new reality of a printable arsenal is popping up in the halls of Harrisburg.

Thursday, August 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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