Governor Tom Wolf Urges Commonsense Gun Safety Legislation

Wolf wants universal background checks on all gun purchases

Shelby Cassesse
April 23, 2018 - 12:29 pm
Governor Tom Wolf calls for more gun reform.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - As many Americans continue to call for gun reform, Governor Tom Wolf is urging state lawmakers to pass commonsense gun safety legislation, including universal background checks. 

In Pennsylvania, a firearms transaction between two private parties does not require a background check if the firearm, known as a long gun, meets certain criteria. 

Wolf feels universal background checks are an important aspect of gun safety.

"Universal background checks are one of the best ways we can keep weapons out of the hands of threatening individuals, and luckily the Pennsylvania State Police are the best in the business at conducting background checks," he said.

The state's instant check system (PICS) provides quick access to an individual's records to determine if he or she is able to purchase a firearm. 

According to Wolf, PICS has been used as a model for background check systems on a national scale. 

"We should use the incredible system they've built by requiring all those who wish to buy a gun to go through this reasonable, convenient background check system, so that we can keep powerful weapons out of the hands of those who pose a danger to our citizens," he said.

The call to action comes following the passage of Bill 501 in the Senate, which prevents those with protection from abuse orders against them from owning or possessing guns. The House recently completed two weeks of hearings on the legislation.