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Brown negotiates historic agreement to ban sale of ghost gun kits at Pa. shows

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk

(Mar 23, 2021)

Gun safety action, COVID vaccine information, and community survey. Read more

 

Brown outlines action for safer communities, emphasizes community impact

(Mar 18, 2021)

This week I announced a historic agreement between Pennsylvania’s largest gun show promoter Eagle Arms Productions, the Attorney General’s office, and other community partners to take concrete steps to make Pennsylvania, and our communities in Philadelphia, safer. This voluntary agreement was a moral decision made by the gun show promoter and not a legislative action. While it respects the legal and guaranteed right to bear arms and purchase a 80% frame kit – or “ghost gun” – the agreement to ban them at Eagle Arms gun shows will make it harder for criminals to do so. Some people are taking advantage of a loophole in the law that does not require background checks when purchasing frame kits at gun shows, completing the gun to make it functional and then selling it (for double the price of purchase) to people who are not able to legally obtain a firearm for various reasons. The 18th District Philadelphia Police Captain shared with our office that there have been 35 Violation of Uniform Firearms Act (VUFA) arrests made in 2021 so far, with 20% of those arrests involving “ghost guns,” or completed 80% frame kits. This is a 51% increase from the previous year to date numbers. Please note, this is just one of the 21 Police Districts in Philadelphia. Especially in Philadelphia and larger cities around PA, a criminal’s open access to illegal guns is a real issue. My neighbors, friends, family, Read more

 

Brown negotiates historic agreement to ban sale of ghost gun kits at Pa. shows

(Mar 15, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, March 15 – State Rep. Amen Brown, D-Phila., today announced an agreement he negotiated with the state’s largest gun show promoter and the PA Office of Attorney General to ban the sale of ghost gun kits at its shows. Brown, a first-term lawmaker representing Philadelphia’s 190 th Legislative District, joined Attorney General Josh Shapiro at a morning news conference to announce the agreement to halt the sale of 80% receiver kits at Eagle Arms gun shows. Eagle Arms owner credited Brown for leading him to the decision to ban these kits after Brown reached out to him to explain the devastation these kits were doing to the West Philadelphia communities he represents and communities across the city and the state. Brown said after visiting one of the company’s gun shows and watching how easily it was for individuals to purchase ghost guns and knowing these same types of guns are being used in his district to commit crimes, he recognized that immediate action was needed. Eagle Arms Production holds about 42 gun shows in the state each year. “It is my job to do everything I can to fight for and protect my community,” Brown said. “It is beyond heartbreaking to see how many lives are being lost and how many families are left in anguish due to senseless gun violence – the impact on my community is grave. The way in which these kits can so easily be purchased by anyone from table vendors who don’t Read more

 

Fireside Chat Event & Constituent Survey

(Feb 18, 2021)

Join the event live on Facebook, YouTube, and my website RepAmen.com and take our constituent survey online. Read more

 

Brown announces Community Spotlight, invites nominations from 190th legislative district residents

(Feb 12, 2021)

Philadelphia, February 12 – State Rep. Amen Brown, D-Phila., has announced the establishment by his office of Community Spotlight, an award that would recognize outstanding community members by featuring their profiles in Brown’s seasonal districtwide legislative newsletter. “I love our district – it’s where I grew up and was made, and throughout my life I’ve known so many everyday heroes that deserve recognition for their selfless service, profound kindness, great generosity, community work, and the list goes on,” Brown said. “We are so proud and excited to invite nomination for my office’s Community Spotlight award.” Anyone can nominate a person for the award, but only residents of the 190 th legislative districts may receive the award. To nominate friends, family, and members of the community, use the Community Spotlight online nomination form . Read more

 

190th News from Rep. Amen's Desk

(Feb 06, 2021)

Hello, I’m Rep. Amen – your champion at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and community advocate for our 190th legislative district. Beyond words, I am honored to have been offered the opportunity to serve. Read more

 

Reps. Pisciottano and Brown introduce effort to increase stipend for veterans

(Jan 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – State Reps. Nick Pisciottano and Amen Brown are leading an effort to boost the state stipend for veterans who are blind, paralyzed or amputees due to their military service. The $150 monthly stipend has not seen an increase for more than two decades. Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, and Brown, D-Philadelphia, said they plan on introducing legislation that would increase the monthly stipend disabled veterans receive to $200 per month. Based on rising costs and inflation, the current $150 a month these veterans receive is worth about $98 a month, reflecting a 34% decrease in value. “These men and women gave so much in service to our country and to keep each one of us safe, including the loss of their sight and their mobility,” said Pisciottano. “Each one of them who suffered life-altering, debilitating injuries is truly deserving of a long-overdue increase to this benefit, a benefit that is well within our state’s budgetary means. I’m proud to partner with Representative Brown to make this happen and I anticipate more of our colleagues will sign on to support this worthwhile effort to provide this assistance to our disabled veterans.” “Our veterans deserve our deep gratitude and a salute for their service and for keeping our imperfect democratic republic safe.” Brown said. “However, what veterans deserve – and need more – is real, tangible assistance from our state and federal Read more

 

Brown receives committee assignments for 2021-22 session

(Jan 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Amen Brown, D-Phila., this week was appointed to three standing Pennsylvania House committees, including Aging & Older Adult Services, Appropriations, and Urban Affairs. The committee appointments, made by House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, are for the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “I am privileged and honored to have been appointed to these important committees, including especially to the Appropriations Committee as a freshman member of the House and the Aging & Older Adult Services Committee as our great seniors have always been a strong motivating force for me personally,” Brown said. “My district has lacked in strong representation for some time now, and our constituents deserve better. They deserve a bold advocate and an impactful voice in the state Capitol, and I am committed to ensuring both.” Brown is also a member of the Philadelphia Delegation and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, serving as chair of the subcommittee on gun violence and public safety. “In addition to my committee assignments, I am honored to chair an important subcommittee of the PLBC. I have seen and felt the impact of gun violence on our community, our state, and our nation. Leading the effort to find, develop, and enact measures to prioritize commonsense gun safety, community de-escalation, and treat this crisis as what it is: a public Read more

 

Brown takes oath for first term as state representative

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Amen Brown took the oath of office at the state Capitol today to begin his first term representing the 190 th Legislative District in Philadelphia. The noon swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Brown said in the new term, he will focus on quality, affordable housing; reducing food insecurity; and expanding access to resources for seniors and the aging population. He will receive committee assignments later in the month. “I am thrilled today to formally assume the elected office of state representative for our wonderful 190 th District. I was born, raised, and built in the district, and I am excited to ensure strong and bold representation and advocacy on behalf of our constituents,” Brown emphasized. “We have lacked in terms of active and accountable leadership for our district, but I know that together we can and will build a robust, responsive office and team. We are here for you.” Brown said his office can help with a variety of state-related services, including home heating, children’s health insurance, prescription drug and property tax/rent rebate assistance. His office phone number is 215-879-6615 and the email is RepAmen@pahouse.net . Residents also can learn more about Brown’s legislative priorities and the services his office provides by visiting his website at RepAmen.com or Read more

 

Brown Sworn In to Begin 1st Term, Lays Out Priorities

(Jan 05, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Amen Brown was officially sworn in to begin his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He explains his priorities and how he'll fight to put his neighbors first. Read more

 

190th District Newsletter & Community Bulletin

(Dec 31, 2020)

$1.5M in RACP project grants for the 190th, COVID-19 federal relief package, and holiday season greetings. Read more

 

$1.5M in RACP project grants for the 190th

(Dec 31, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 30 – State Rep.-elect Amen Brown, D-Phila., today announced $1.5 million in RACP state grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to support the Mann Center for the Performing Arts ($500,000) and the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse ($1 million). “I am excited and honored to announce the RACP grants to the Mann Center and the Smith Playhouse. The work that was done in such a short time to secure funding to help revitalize and renovate these two historical organizations right in our community was incredible,” Brown said. “I look forward to continuing to work alongside our community partners. And, I am eager to see a successful execution of these projects.” The first grant will enable the Mann Center for Performing Arts to continue upgrades to the pavilion, the first time it has undergone such a renovation since its opening in 1976. Upgrades include an extension of the overcrowded entry plaza, renovation of the existing hilltop pavilion and plaza restrooms, an expansion of the Donor Area and Education Center and an upgrade of the current rainwater management system. The second grant will support major infrastructure upgrades to the 121-year-old Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, adding 4,000 square feet of space by transforming areas of the building that are not currently usable. “In addition to restoring the infrastructure for our historic playhouse, this grant also Read more

 

Honored to serve the 190th District

(Dec 02, 2020)

I am honored to have been elected to serve as your State Representative and am committed to being a strong voice at the State House for our community and the 190th District. Please follow my official legislative pages @RepAmenBrown on Twitter and Facebook . Share with friends and stay tuned for updates as we work to set up a smooth transition to my office. Read more

 

PA Treasury could be holding your Unclaimed Property

(Dec 01, 2020)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Since 2013, my office has helped residents of the 132 nd District claim over $319,000 in unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies and more. Read more