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A call for background checks on 'long' gun buyers
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Quote:A call for background checks on 'long' gun buyers

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. Proponents of the bill say that's a dangerous gap, especially for women and law-enforcement officers, who are the most common victims of long gun shootings.

Critics contend that background checks are unnecessary because long guns are rarely used in crimes.

According to FBI data, rifles and shotguns were used in at least 8 percent of gun-related murders from 2008 to 2012. And long guns were used in 21 percent of domestic-violence shooting deaths, according to the FBI.

Appearing at the news conference, Philadelphia Police Officer Rick Bowes said long guns were disproportionately used in shootings of law-enforcement officers.

His partner, Sgt. Patrick McDonald, was killed in 2008 by a parolee who had illegally purchased a gun. The shooter also hit Bowes twice before the officer was able to return fire, he said.

"Law enforcement, we walk around with a target on our backs everywhere. We're outgunned out there. These long rifles - we don't have the ammunition to come close to that," Bowes said. "Little loopholes like this that we can close makes it safer for us."

The bill has more than 50 co-sponsors, including four Republicans, said lead sponsor Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks). Also at Thursday's event were Reps. Madeleine Dean and Matt Bradford (both D., Montgomery).

"House Bill 1010 would close the last remaining loophole in our background check system to ensure that criminals and people with mental illness do not get ahold of guns," said Santarsiero. "That's all it does."

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler), a strong opponent of gun-control measures, said the bill is "a solution in search of a problem."

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This is absolutely coming at some point. I'm honestly shocked it hasn't happened yet.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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Camper;121413 Wrote:This is absolutely coming at some point. I'm honestly shocked it hasn't happened yet.

I don't know when the re-elections are for these politicians, but I think gun owners need to remind them of what happened in Colorado.
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Philadelphia Patriot;121416 Wrote:
Camper;121413 Wrote:This is absolutely coming at some point. I'm honestly shocked it hasn't happened yet.

I don't know when the re-elections are for these politicians, but I think gun owners need to remind them of what happened in Colorado.

Isn't reminding them about the Aurora shooting going to be considered a threat? Wink
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Quote:...to ensure that criminals and people with mental illness do not get ahold of guns

Proof that politicians are either the stupidest people in the world OR that they are the most egotistical self serving aholes in the world. Neither is a list I would want to be on.

1 Laws do not ensure anything. They provide penalties for breaking them. And by definition, those that break them are criminals. So all this law will do is create more criminals that did not exist before.

2 Criminals and mentally ill people have handguns now and there is a law ensuring they do not.
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PA is one election away from being like NY, NJ, CT, CA, etc.

Hopefully this bill dies, but I can say with confidence, if it does die it will be back later.
bluetrane2028, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Feb 2013.
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bluetrane2028;121436 Wrote:PA is one election away from being like NY, NJ, CT, CA, etc.

Hopefully this bill dies, but I can say with confidence, if it does die it will be back later.

Which is why Corbett needs to get his shit together. Last think we need is NYer Allyson Schwartz in office.
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Camper;121413 Wrote:This is absolutely coming at some point. I'm honestly shocked it hasn't happened yet.

Same here. I thought for sure this would be the first one to get through.
The law? The law is a human institution...
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Philadelphia Patriot;121438 Wrote:Which is why Corbett needs to get his shit together.

That boat done sailed.Dodgy
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Philadelphia Patriot;121416 Wrote:I don't know when the re-elections are for these politicians, but I think gun owners need to remind them of what happened in Colorado.

If I'm not mistaken that would be next year. 2014 is going to be critical in both state and federal elections. If the balance of power swings Democrat we could be in a LOT of trouble.
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