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 7, 2016 |
President Obama's directive Tuesday tightening federal regulations on gun dealers and background checks drew lukewarm reaction in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The executive action would have little impact in New Jersey, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. And in Pennsylvania, it would affect only private sales of rifles, shotguns, and other long guns. Pennsylvania law already requires a background check for all handgun sales. If the purchase is arranged online, between neighbors or at a gun show, the seller must get a third party - typically a licensed dealer or local law enforcement - to complete a background check on the seller and broker the transaction.
April 12, 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.
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.
January 28, 2013 |
The parking lot at the National Guard Armory was full, and so was the grassy field used as an overflow lot. Lines stretched out the door. Inside, attendees squeezed through narrow aisles - past mothers pushing babies in strollers, past burly men in camouflage, past long rows of tables displaying knives and holsters and ammunition and handguns and semiautomatic rifles. Saturday marked the first of Philadelphia's five scheduled gun shows this year, and by midafternoon, the crowd at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia showed no signs of diminishing.
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.