October 12, 2013 |
ABINGTON Gun-safety advocates tried to drum up support Thursday for a stalled state bill that would require background checks for all sales of rifles, shotguns, and assault weapons. At a news conference at Abington Memorial Hospital, Democratic lawmakers from Bucks and Montgomery Counties, advocates, and doctors urged a vote on the bill, which has been before the Judiciary Committee since March. Unlike handguns, the "long" guns can be purchased from a private seller without a background check.
August 1, 2003 |
If you're on a hunt for antique hunting items, take aim at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center, which hosts 100 dealers and collectors tomorrow. You'll find shell boxes, old fishing lures, rods and reels, long guns, knives and traps, and decoys at the event, produced by R&S Enterprises. Ephemera will include a number of antique hunting and fishing licenses, game posters, books, patches and pictures. If you happen to have such items yourself, you might consider bringing them to the show to sell or trade.
June 2, 1998 |
The state Senate is expected to act today on legislation that would postpone criminal background checks on the sales of rifles and shotguns until as late as the end of next year. Under current law, state police are required to begin manual record checks of rifles and shotguns next month. They now want to put off the deadline for those checks until Dec. 31, 1999, because of looming logistical problems and fears about troopers' safety. But they still expect to begin computerized checks of handguns by July 1. The manual checks on sales of so-called long guns had been postponed to July 1 by the legislature last year after the state police expressed concerns about having to seize guns from those who fail the background reviews.
January 30, 2013
A story Sunday on a Philadelphia gun show incorrectly stated Pennsylvania law on background checks for gun purchases. State law requires dealers to obtain background checks on all firearms sales. Private sellers must obtain a background check for handgun purchases but not for long guns. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
November 8, 2012
NEW CASTLE, Del. - Eight people have been charged in a multiagency investigation into alleged drug distribution by members of a motorcycle club, according to Delaware state police. More than 100 law enforcement officers conducted the three-month investigation into the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club, state police said. On Monday and Tuesday, authorities executed search-and-seizure warrants on 11 sites in Delaware and Maryland. More than two kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of $100,000, was seized, along with handguns, long guns, vehicles, and cash.
July 19, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - On a scorching summer morning in a state known for its staunch defense of the Second Amendment, the mother of one of the victims in last year's shooting at a Connecticut school came to the Capitol to talk about gun laws. Francine Lobis Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son was among 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown in December, said she came not as an expert on policy or law, but as a mother with a credential no parent wants: "I have lost a child to gun violence.
April 11, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - As two U.S. senators were trumpeting a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on gun sales, a state lawmaker unveiled his own proposal for broader background reviews in Pennsylvania. State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks) said his bill would expand background checks in the state to include purchases of long guns, including assault rifles, conducted in private sales. Santarsiero said it was time to close the state loophole that allows the transfer of long guns among private sellers without a background check.
September 5, 2012 |
IN MY 20-plus years in this city, there are few places in Philadelphia I haven't been. Some locations have been beautiful, some depressing, some frightening and some a mix of all three. But I recently found one place in this city that may have changed me forever: the Gun Room in City Hall. As the seat of government, City Hall has plenty of grand vaulted ceilings and gold leaf, but it also houses ancient courtrooms, dumpy municipal offices - and on an upper floor, a peeling-walled warren of offices housing the police evidence department.
June 11, 1998 |
Even though the state police say they will be ready this year to begin instant criminal-background checks on sales of rifles and shotguns, a bill approved by the General Assembly gives them until the end of next year. A last-minute attempt by the state House to move the deadline up to Dec. 1 failed when Senate Republican leaders decided not to vote on a House-approved measure. Instead, both chambers have passed legislation setting the deadline for Dec. 31, 1999. Gov. Ridge is expected to sign the bill.