Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing for the passage of commonsense gun safety legislation to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals that pose threat to themselves and to others.
In a statement, Gov. Wolf said, “All of Pennsylvania’s citizens have the right to live happy, healthy lives free from fear about their and their family’s personal safety. Unfortunately, in the past decades we have seen that sense of security, that sense of safety, threatened.”
Gov. Wolf the Pennsylvania legislature to pass common sense gun reform bills to close dangerous loopholes. The governor wants all individuals purchasing guns to go through state police background checks. He believes that a universal background check is one of the best ways to prevents dangerous persons from possessing guns.
Additionally, the governor asked the members of the Pennsylvania House to immediately approve Senate Bill 501. The state Senate unanimously approved the legislation to prevent domestic abusers from possessing of owning firearms.
Gov. Wolf reiterated that Pennsylvania needs commonsense gun safety laws to keep communities, neighborhoods, and public spaces safe.
“We need to use the incredible system the State Police has built by requiring all those who wish to buy a gun to go through this reasonable, convenient background check system,” he said.
State legislators, stakeholders, and Acting Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick supported the governor’s plea.
Pennsylvania police support universal background check
According to Lt. Col. Evanchick, the existing law in Pennsylvania does not require a background check if a firearm transaction, which falls under the long guns criteria, is between two private parties
“It is this void in the current law we are in support of changing. The Pennsylvania State Police encourages closing this void in the current law and requests that all firearm purchases and or transfer of ownership require a universal background check,” said Lt. Col. Evanchick.