Firearms Legislation Headed To PA House For Consideration

Package of eight bills passed House Judiciary Committee this week

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HARRISBURG (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee approved legislation this week addressing public safety and state firearms laws.

The approval comes after six days of hearings in April.

The package of legislation passed Wednesday focused on more efficient temporary removal of weapons from people deemed dangerous and changing laws to encourage individuals to seek help for mental health concerns.

House Bill 273 would create a voluntary self-exclusion from purchasing or receiving a firearm for up to five years, and House Bill would change the relinquishment of firearms requirements following a protection from abuse (PFA) order.

House Bill 2463 is sponsored by Rep. Eric Nelson of Westmoreland County; it would change current laws regarding rights to firearms for individuals who have undergone involuntary mental health treatment.

The committee passed more contentious legislation on Wednesday.

House Bill 1872 would prohibit bump stocks and similar devices in Pennsylvania.

Two others require quicker notification to state police of individuals being involuntarily committed or deemed incompetent.

The legislation will now move to the state House for consideration.

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