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.
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.
May 17, 2013 |
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.
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)
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.
January 14, 2013 |
Living with Guns A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment By Craig R. Whitney Public Affairs. 304 pp. $28.99 Were there to be a reasoned debate about gun control in the United States, Craig R. Whitney might make an ideal moderator. A former reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent for the New York Times, he grew up in hunting country in central Massachusetts, rather than in a large urban area infested with handguns and knee-jerk liberals. He has produced a well-researched and nuanced work about the history of the Second Amendment and attitudes toward gun control from Plymouth Rock to the current Supreme Court.
December 30, 2012
Repeal Second Amendment After reading the National Rifle Association proposal to turn our schools into armed forts, and all the discussion about gun control and constitutional rights since the tragedy caused by a gunman in Connecticut, I have not heard one politician recommend repealing the Second Amendment ("In wake of Newtown, a misfire from the NRA," Wednesday). The Second Amendment was written by 18th-century men for an 18th-century world, at a time when men feared the power of kings to disarm them and take away their rights.
December 20, 2012 |
A state-sponsored cash-for-guns program for Camden County residents picked up 1,137 firearms over two days, a record number for the state, officials said Tuesday. New Jersey's attorney general said some gun owners who showed up at two Camden churches Friday and Saturday appeared to be motivated by the killings Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. Jeffrey S. Chiesa alluded to the possible motive at a news conference at Camden's police department, where heaps of surrendered firearms were on display.