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.
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.
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.