Gov. Wolf Calls On U.S., Pa. Lawmakers To Change Gun Laws

Larry Richert and John Shumway
August 06, 2019 - 10:16 am
Governor Tom Wolf

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — In the wake of two mass shootings, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is calling on the U.S. Senate to vote on gun background check legislation that has already passed the U.S. House.

The governor has a list of actions lawmakers at the federal and state level should take, including one that would require background checks on person to person gun sales and eliminate the gun show loophole.

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So far, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has not allowed a vote on a House-passed measure expanding background checks. Wolf tells KDKA Radio the Pennsylvania legislature hasn't acted either.

“Pennsylvania has a gun show loophole. I mean the state police do a great job with background checks but they aren’t allowed under the current legislation to do checks on private sales of long guns,” Wolf said.

“That ought to change.”

Wolf is also calling for an assault weapons ban, saying the majority of Americans want reasonable restrictions on gun sales.

Wolf tells KDKA Radio political leaders’ rhetoric could also help change gun violence in America.

“Instead of preaching hate and division, let’s preach mutual respect and acceptance.”

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Joe DeStio and Jennifer Bloodworth contributed to this report.

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