As mayor of Malvern, I oversee the police department and I spend a lot of time thinking about how to keep people safe. I don’t ever want to have to pick up the phone and tell someone their loved one has been killed with a gun. I don’t want to have to stand at the funeral of someone whose life was cut far too short.
That’s why I’ve always been a supporter of criminal background checks for every gun sale. It’s why I’ve always been puzzled that Pennsylvania law exempts private sales of rifles, shotguns and military style assault weapons from background checks. Thankfully, there’s a bipartisan bill in the legislature to fix that loophole.
You can help give the background check bill some momentum by calling our state Rep. Duane Milne at (610) 251-1070 and asking him to co-sponsor HB 1400, the background check bill.
Rep. Milne has supported commonsense gun regulations in the past, and he’s voted for the background check bill before. Now we need him to show his support for HB 1400, which already has seven Republican co-sponsors. You live in Rep. Milne’s district if you’re in Malvern, Exton, or the townships of East Whiteland, West Whiteland, West Pikeland, Willistown, Charlestown, or Easttown.
An overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians supports background checks, including supermajorities of Republicans and people in gun-owning households. We know that although handguns are used more often in crimes, long guns are used disproportionately by domestic abusers to kill women and by criminals to kill cops. These are crimes that every mayor worries about, whether we serve in a big city or a small town.
Will you help move the background check bill forward? Please call Rep. Duane Milne’s Malvern office now, while you’re thinking about it, at (610) 251-1070. Tell the staffer who answers that you’re a constituent and you support background checks for every gun sale. Ask that Rep. Milne co-sponsor HB 1400, the background check bill. Then, reply to this email and tell me how it went.
Together, we can move the background check bill forward and make Pennsylvania a safer place.
The House Federalism and Interstate Relations committee just passed HB 233, the “Get Out of Jail Free” Guns Everywhere bill, that would violate the rights of Ohio property owners by removing the penalty for concealed carry licensees that violate weapons-free zones.
In fact, under HB 233, licensees would face no penalty for intentionally entering a weapons-free zone with a hidden, loaded weapon, so long as they leave if they are caught.
The good news is that your voices are making a difference and Permitless Carry (HB 201) and the Surprise Gun Bill (HB 142) have stalled in the committee for now.
HB 233 could go to a floor vote as early as Thursday of this week. It’s incredibly important that you contact your Ohio House member now and urge them to vote NO against this bill.
Protect the school safety zones, government buildings, places of worship, institutes of higher education, day care centers, as well as businesses and workplaces that have made the decision to remain weapon free. Click here to make an impact now.
Jennifer Thorne, Executive Director
Great news! We did it. The N.C. legislature has adjourned for now and they did not pass the permitless carry bill, HB 746. It was because you called, emailed, wrote letters, and visited the General Assembly that this victory was possible. Thank you.
Because of you,18 year olds will not be allowed to carry a hidden loaded weapon in public and all who wish to carry a concealed weapon will have to go through 8 hours of classroom training and live fire training. I don’t know about you but that makes me feel much safer walking around in public.
We also stopped campus carry and the elimination of our background check system on private handgun sales (pistol purchase permitting system). You spoke and the General Assembly listened.
Thank you again,
PS – Stay tuned for future updates and action because legislators will be coming back to the General Assembly on August 3rd and September 6th. These are for special sessions. We will be there every step of the way fighting to keep North Carolinians safe from gun violence.
We’re making progress here in New York! The New York State Assembly recently passed the New York Extreme Risk Protection Order bill (ERPO) (A.6994), life-saving legislation that will help prevent suicides, domestic violence, mass shootings, and other gun-related tragedies.
Individuals in crisis often exhibit “red flag” behavior or other warning signs indicating that they are likely to harm themselves or others. These danger signs are often observed by family or household members. However, even when loved ones report their fears to law enforcement, police may not have the authority to intervene. The Extreme Risk Protection Order enables family, household members, and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend the individual’s access to firearms.
An ERPO law is a critical tool for preventing and reducing gun violence in New York State particularly with respect to suicide-by-firearm. In fact, research has shown that states with ERPO laws have seen a measurable reduction in suicide rates.
NYAGV applauds the NYS Assembly for passing ERPO. However, our work is not done. We’ll be pushing the NYS Senate to pass ERPO next session.
We need your help! NYAGV is educating communities throughout the state about the ERPO bill, and we’d like to come speak to your community group. Please contact us at email@example.com or 212-679-2345 to make arrangements.