Dawkins applauds Pa. Senate passage of gun control measure for domestic violence cases

PHILADELPHIA, March 22 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., said he is pleased with the Senate passage of S.B. 501, legislation that would close a gap in Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act.

“Gun violence is a tremendous concern in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth. Access to firearms often leads to tragic and deadly altercations between abusers and their victims and providing additional protections to those who have received PFA orders against abusers or who have had abusers convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence is the least we can do to ensure the continued safety of all Pennsylvanians,” Dawkins said.  

Under current law, people subject to a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order over domestic violence must surrender any firearms but can put them into the ownership of friends and family. Under S.B. 501, guns could only be surrendered to the police, a registered gun dealer or licensed attorney, and the process would have to be done within 48 hours of the order being issued.

“I want to congratulate state Sen. Tom Killion and my counterparts in the Senate for securing a unanimous passage. I’m looking forward to the bill’s consideration and vote in the House as well. We must pass this legislation and continue the work to provide additional safety measures for survivors of domestic violence throughout the state,” Dawkins said.

The legislation is similar to Dawkins’ H.B. 2097, which was introduced earlier this year and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.