Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf together with gun violence survivors and advocates encouraged the state legislature to pass common sense gun reform legislation including universal background checks.
The existing law in Pennsylvania has a dangerous loophole as it does not require a background check on private transactions for long guns such as AR-15 rifles. Take note that the shooters in the recent mass shootings around the country used this type of firearm, killing and injuring hundreds of people.
In a statement, Wolf said, “We must pass legislation that requires all those who wish to purchase a firearm to go through a State Police background check.”
Universal background checks keep dangerous people from owning a gun
The governor also emphasized, “Universal background checks are one of the best ways we can keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals. We put our communities at risk by allowing individuals to buy long guns, including AR-15s, through private transactions without a background check.”