PA House Panel Begins Gun Hearings

The Decision Comes Following Several Mass Shootings

April 16, 2018 - 8:07 am

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - In what may signal a historic shift in a legislature that has been unwavering in its opposition to gun control, a key state House committee has begun a series of hearings intended to find consensus on measures to address gun violence.

Last month, the state Senate unanimously passed a bill to impose new requirements for surrendering guns on individuals subject to Protection From Abuse orders, and those convicted of domestic violence crimes.

Now, prompted by mass shootings, the state House Judiciary Committee has begun a series of hearings on gun control.

The first to appear before the committee were lawmakers, including Lehigh Valley House Democrat Mike Schlossberg, who noted that the federal government is taking steps to limit modifications to weapons used in recent shooting sprees.

“And I think all of us here can acknowledge that the president and his administration are not exactly friends of the gun control movement. If they are taking responsible and legal steps, I would hope we could as well.” Said Schlossberg.

The hearings continue this week.