Gov. Wolf Shares Relief with Congressional Passage of Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, Urges Continued Momentum for Safer Communities

June 24, 2022

Governor Tom Wolf today issued a statement following the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act by Congress as the comprehensive package of gun violence prevention legislation heads to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law:

“Today, I breathe a sigh of relief as the U.S. House sends the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to President Biden’s desk. Parents, families, teachers – the majority of Pennsylvanians, Americans – have all been waiting with bated breath as the country is terrorized by shooting after shooting, loss upon loss, and tragedy after tragedy for commonsense, meaningful action by our elected officials to end gun violence.

“I commend Congress for working together to meet the cries of the American people for help. This historic, comprehensive package will undoubtedly save lives.

“And while I’m grateful and relieved by this effort, the fact that this is the first major gun safety initiative in nearly 26 years is incomprehensible. I urge Congress to not lose momentum, keep fighting for safer communities – it’s the job you signed up to do.”

Gov. Wolf continues to call on Pennsylvania’s Republican-led General Assembly to do the same. With firearms being the leading cause of death for children, it’s critical to consider every option to lessen gun violence in the commonwealth and make it harder for dangerous people to handle guns.

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