Governor Wolf Urges House Committee to Consider Gun Safety Bills

September 23, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is urging the House Judiciary Committee to consider gun safety bills that are overwhelmingly supported by the public and focus on real measures that will keep guns from dangerous individuals and reduce gun violence.

Governor Wolf’s statement:

“Like many in the general public, I am disappointed to see the House Judiciary Committee refusing to bring commonsense gun safety bills up for a vote. There is virtual consensus in the public for enacting universal background checks. The extreme risk protection order is widely supported and documented to have saved lives in other states. There are many gun safety reforms in front of the House, yet none are scheduled for votes at tomorrow’s committee meeting.

“We know these gun safety reforms can save lives. I urge the chairman to prioritize gun safety action demanded by the vast majority of Pennsylvanians, including many victims of gun violence and even more citizens seeking to hinder their own victimization.

“In April, Rabbi Cheryl Klein, whose congregation was attacked inside the Tree of Life, prayed that ‘we are not guilty of inaction’ and urged advancements to protect people’s lives. I am reiterating that call. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting at the end of October, we cannot fail to meet this moment. We must make the meaningful changes that we know will save lives in the future. We owe every victim of gun violence more and we can do better.”

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