Gun legislation moving forward; Egg Hunts this week!

State Senate passes bill to toughen gun laws in domestic abuse cases

Congratulations to state Sen. Tom Killion and my counterparts in the Senate for passing S.B. 501! This legislation would close a gap in Pennsylvania’s Protection from Abuse Act, and would provide additional protections to those victims of domestic violence who are threatened by abusers who possess firearms.

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

This is exciting news – additional protections for victims of domestic violence are needed in Pennsylvania. I am excited to work with my colleagues to help pass this legislation in the House, so we can send it to the Governor to make it law. I hope that our discussions pave the way to passing additional bills, such as my legislation, H.B. 2097, which would notify victims of domestic violence and law enforcement officers when their abusers attempt to purchase firearms. Click on the image below to see the legislation.

 Apprentice Prep with the Rep

My final Apprentice Prep with the Rep workshop is scheduled for this Thursday, March 29th! Join me and representatives from local building trade unions at my district office, 4667 Paul St., from 6 to 7 p.m. We’ll discuss what it takes to become an apprentice and what life is like as a member of a union. Come out to learn how to take the first step towards a new career!


Egg Hunt and Constituent Service events

My office is hosting a series of Spring Egg Hunts this week! Come out to Ziehler Playground tomorrow, Houseman Recreation Center on Wednesday, or McIlvain Playground on Thursday for some spring-themed fun and games. My staff also will be in attendance to answer any state-related questions you may have. All events start at noon, so don’t be late!

As always, feel free to stop by or call my constituent service office at 4667 Paul St., Philadelphia, 19124; 215-744-7901. You also may contact me through my website, Facebook and Twitter, where you'll find additional information about state programs.