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October 12, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 1, 2003 | By STEVE GARY For the Daily News
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.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Shira Goodman
LAST WEEK in Philadelphia, we heard about a gun sale gone horribly wrong. Two men met on armslist.com, a website that connects gun sellers and buyers, and arranged to meet in person. Armslist.com allows potential buyers to search for private sellers who are not required to conduct background checks on their buyers. Federal law regulates only sales by federally licensed dealers, not private sellers. Some states regulate private sales, and in Pennsylvania, the private sale of handguns requires a background check.
NEWS
June 2, 1998 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
In Pennsylvania, buying an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon is about as easy as buying lunch, experts say. Go to a licensed gun store, sign the papers, complete an instant background check, pop down the money and walk out with the weapon. No waiting period is necessary. "You can buy an AR-15 as quickly as you can buy a cheesesteak," said Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent. "It is astonishingly easy," said Bryan Miller, spokesman for the Philadelphia chapter of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Kim Stolfer
IF YOU READ the recent opinion piece titled, "Close loopholes that allow long guns to get in wrong hands," you were treated to another episode of the false and misleading narrative so often spouted by the gun-control group CeaseFirePA and executive director Shira Goodman. It's long past time to look behind the curtain of the "Wizard of Oz" mentality behind background checks and expose the false promise of background checks. In 2014, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System issued 13,178 denials to firearms purchasers.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | SANDRA SHEA, DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR
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.
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 15, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
In Pennsylvania, buying an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon is about as easy as buying lunch, experts say. Go to a licensed gun store, sign the papers, complete an instant background check, pop down the money and walk out with the weapon. No waiting period is necessary. "You can buy an AR-15 as quickly as you can buy a cheesesteak," said Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent. "It is astonishingly easy," said Bryan Miller, spokesman for the Philadelphia chapter of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Kim Stolfer
IF YOU READ the recent opinion piece titled, "Close loopholes that allow long guns to get in wrong hands," you were treated to another episode of the false and misleading narrative so often spouted by the gun-control group CeaseFirePA and executive director Shira Goodman. It's long past time to look behind the curtain of the "Wizard of Oz" mentality behind background checks and expose the false promise of background checks. In 2014, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System issued 13,178 denials to firearms purchasers.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Shira Goodman
LAST WEEK in Philadelphia, we heard about a gun sale gone horribly wrong. Two men met on armslist.com, a website that connects gun sellers and buyers, and arranged to meet in person. Armslist.com allows potential buyers to search for private sellers who are not required to conduct background checks on their buyers. Federal law regulates only sales by federally licensed dealers, not private sellers. Some states regulate private sales, and in Pennsylvania, the private sale of handguns requires a background check.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
ISSUE | GUN VIOLENCE Clamp down on illegally obtained weapons Kudos to City Councilmen Kenyatta Johnson and Curtis Jones Jr. for conducting a public hearing on how to deal with the epidemic of gun violence ("Protecting young men," Tuesday). However, programs to help young men find alternatives to violence should be complemented by laws that make it difficult to obtain a gun illegally. Laws outlawing straw purchases must be vigorously enforced. In addition, we must support legislation that would limit the number of handguns that can be bought to one a month, require the reporting of lost and stolen guns, and improve background checks.
NEWS
January 7, 2016 | By Jessica Parks, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 12, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | BY SHIRA GOODMAN
I HAD a very good Mother's Day weekend. I got some unexpected presents and spent time with my husband and kids, my parents and my grandmother. But I also spent important time with some mothers who are not as lucky, who no longer have their kids to celebrate with. I stood with these mothers, who lost their children to gun violence, as well as with survivors of gun violence, and called for change that will spare others the tragedies they have suffered. Together we sent a clear message: We are not going away; we are here for the long haul.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
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