Disarm Domestic Abusers - Support PA SB 501
Pennsylvania's laws around gun ownership by domestic abusers desperately need to be updated. Currently, those being investigated or prosecuted for domestic abuse, or those who have been served a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order, merely need to give their firearms to a third party - like their friend, neighbor, or sibling. Any of these people could easily continue giving the abuser access to their firearms. Further, those convicted of domestic abuse have 60 days to relinquish their guns - that's two whole months.
PA SB 501, introduced by Senator Killion, would strengthen existing laws to require abusers to surrender their firearms to one of three parties: to the County Sheriff, an additional law enforcement agency, or a federally-licensed firearms dealer. Another very important change that this bill would make to current laws would be to require those convicted of domestic abuse would have only 24 hours to relinquish their firearms, rather than the current 60 days.
Please take a moment to write your legislator and ask him/her to support SB 501.
The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed. (reference)
Everytown’s analysis of mass shootings from 2009 to 2016 shows that in 54 percent of mass shootings, the shooters killed intimate partners or other family members. (reference)
Responses to domestic abuse calls were the number-one cause of police officer fatalities from 2010-2014. (reference)
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