February 9, 2013 |
The Florida gun loophole, which allowed Philadelphia gun owners to skirt the city's strict handgun-carrying rules, was closed today by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. Florida gun permit holders in Pennsylvania now must be legal residents of Florida. The loophole allowed about 900 city residents to carry a weapon in Philadelphia if they had a mail-order permit issued by Florida. "Our state's gun traffic and permits should never be bypassed," said Kane in a statement.
April 10, 2008
With several hundred pro-gun activists converging on the Harrisburg Capitol Monday - many wearing Second Amendment T-shirts - it was not the day for Pennsylvania lawmakers to tackle any tough gun measures. Instead, state House members approved several initiatives that bore no resemblance to an actual crackdown on handgun trafficking. In turn, the gun-rights supporters celebrated the defeat last week of a tough anti-trafficking measure. Charlton Heston would be proud. Meanwhile, back on the mean streets of Philadelphia and other cities, the shootings continue.
June 30, 2010
While the Supreme Court's conservative majority remains fixated on expanding the right to bear arms, millions of other Americans should be more worried about preserving their right to be free from handgun violence. In a ruling that came as no surprise, the court on Monday effectively outlawed local handgun bans - signaling the end of Chicago's 27-year ban as well as one in a nearby Illinois suburb. Two years ago, the same 5-4 majority scrapped a Washington, D.C., ban. In his majority ruling, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. relied on the same tortured legal reasoning - that the Second Amendment assures individuals the right to arm, not merely state militias.
July 13, 2016
ISSUE | SHOOTINGS Police must root out racism in ranks I recently retired after a career that included 20 years of justice-system research, including evaluations of police departments. One of the greatest challenges departments face in reversing community distrust of police is changing cultures of silence in which even good officers fail to speak out when they witness racist actions by their fellow officers ("Protests, arrests, and U.S. 'on a powder keg,' " Monday). In extreme cases, this culture supports cover-ups of criminal acts - falsifying evidence, refusal to testify against other officers, or lying to investigators.
May 11, 2002
The U.S. Constitution guarantees even the harshest government critic the right to gripe about a legislative decision. It gives citizens the right to worship the religion of their choice and the press the right to publish without government constraint. But it doesn't confer upon Americans an equally clear-cut right to own or pack a pistol. Or does it? The Justice Department this week formally adopted the controversial and troubling view of Attorney General John D. Ashcroft - arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that the Second Amendment "broadly protects the rights of individuals" to own guns.
March 1, 2013 |
On this page on Feb. 21, former Gov. Ed Rendell called out Pennsylvania's members of Congress to answer some hard questions about their efforts to reduce gun violence: 1. Will you support mandatory universal background checks? 2. Will you support stronger laws to stop "straw purchase" gun-traffickers? 3. Will you support mandates to strengthen our mental-health-reporting system? 4. Will you support limiting the legal sale of magazine clips to those that can hold no more than 10 bullets?
April 25, 2000 |
A new gun-lock giveaway program announced yesterday by two Bucks County organizations will offer free cable gun locks to area residents who own firearms. The Bucks County Center for Church and Community in Levittown and the Lower Bucks Family YMCA in Fairless Hills are giving away the locks to encourage gun safety and keep firearms out of the reach of children. "We've visited representatives, we've talked to legislators about gun control," said Bill Matthews, of the Lower Bucks Center for Church and Community, at a news conference yesterday.
September 23, 1999 |
The Montgomery County commissioners put $10,000 toward the cause of gun safety yesterday, announcing a program through which anyone applying for a gun permit or a hunting license here will be able to buy a gun lock at the same time. The program, which should take effect in about a month, aims to improve gun safety in the county by making it more convenient for gun owners to buy locks for their weapons, Commissioner James W. Maza said at a news conference in Norristown. "This is not about gun control; it is about gun safety," Maza said.
May 12, 2005
I'M A RESPONSIBLE gun owner with a concealed-weapons permit, and I've read your series of gun-violence reports over the last few weeks. I feel they were all one-sided and inaccurate. If you wonder why responsible gun owners instantly get their dander up every time new "gun control" ideas are thrown around, I'll tell you. Because every anti-gun proposal is just that - anti-gun. It's all or nothing. There is no reasonable compromise. Every proposal is just a foot in the door to complete elimination.
September 13, 2000 |
Third District Congressional candidate Susan Bass Levin was endorsed yesterday by Handgun Control Inc., a Washington-based organization that backs politicians who support gun-control measures. Levin, the longtime Democratic Cherry Hill mayor, picked up the endorsement after holding gun-safety discussions with students at Haddonfield Memorial High School and Cinnaminson Middle School. Levin, who is challenging U.S. Rep. H. James Saxton, a Republican, was joined at the two events by Handgun Control President Michael Barnes and Bryan Miller, the director of Ceasefire New Jersey, a Cherry Hill-based gun-control group.