State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Gun Control


Dwight Evans: Research the public health consequences of firearms violence

The Philadelphia Gun Court was a seven-year experiment with a specialized court for illegal gun possession, established in 2005. The court handled an estimated 800 defendants annually and featured mandatory treatment elements in addition to enhanced processing speed & intensive supervision protocols, with the ultimate goal of reducing aggregate levels of gun violence in Philadelphia.

There's no good reason why anyone should be storing or leaving guns where a minor is likely to gain access to it. There is no reason that guns cannot, like other consumer products like, say, Aspirin, contain safety features like safety locks for handguns, fingerprint recognition systems, and other measures to keep guns away from children and out of the hands of anyone other than responsible firearms owners. In a Congress that refuses even to allow research on the public health consequences of firearms violence, this may be a tough message to deliver--but Dwight Evans intends to deliver it.

Source: 2016 Pennsylvania House campaign website DwightEvans.com Nov 8, 2016

Pat Toomey: Expand background checks and apply terrorist watch lists

Q: On Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

McGinty: Yes

Toomey: Yes. Selective support of greater restrictions. History of high ratings from gun rights groups and opposition to gun control efforts. Since Sandy Hook, has supported expanding background checks and preventing those on terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Allyson Schwartz: Scored 100% on CeaseFire Pennsylvania survey

Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz scored the highest ratings in candidate ratings released Monday by gun-control advocacy group CeaseFire Pennsylvania, while Tom Wolf came in last. The group rated the candidates on their support for policies including: McGinty & Schwartz scored 100% by agreeing with every CeaseFire Pennsylvania stance. Wolf lost points for some answers, scoring 79% (supporting 15 of 19.)

"By unequivocally supporting every proposal, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz demonstrated broader support for a comprehensive attack on gun violence," the group states in its voters' guide. "Wolf raised questions or hesitated to give full support for a few important policy proposals, but each still demonstrated strong support for measures to prevent gun violence."

Source: Post-Gazette coverage of Pennsylvania politicians Aug 7, 2015

Katie McGinty: Scored 100% on CeaseFire Pennsylvania survey

Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz scored the highest ratings in candidate ratings released Monday by gun-control advocacy group CeaseFire Pennsylvania, while Tom Wolf came in last. The group rated the candidates on their support for policies including: McGinty & Schwartz scored 100% by agreeing with every CeaseFire Pennsylvania stance. Wolf lost points for some answers, scoring 79% (supporting 15 of 19.)

"By unequivocally supporting every proposal, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz demonstrated broader support for a comprehensive attack on gun violence," the group states in its voters' guide. "Wolf raised questions or hesitated to give full support for a few important policy proposals, but each still demonstrated strong support for measures to prevent gun violence."

Source: Post-Gazette on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Aug 7, 2015

Tom Wolf: Scored 79% on CeaseFire Pennsylvania survey

Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz scored the highest ratings in candidate ratings released Monday by gun-control advocacy group CeaseFire Pennsylvania, while Tom Wolf came in last. The group rated the candidates on their support for policies including: McGinty & Schwartz scored 100% by agreeing with every CeaseFire Pennsylvania stance. Wolf lost points for some answers, scoring 79% (supporting 15 of 19.)

"By unequivocally supporting every proposal, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz demonstrated broader support for a comprehensive attack on gun violence," the group states in its voters' guide. "Wolf raised questions or hesitated to give full support for a few important policy proposals, but each still demonstrated strong support for measures to prevent gun violence."

Source: Post-Gazette coverage of Pennsylvania politicians Aug 7, 2015

Allyson Schwartz: Restrictions on both assault weapons and handguns

All four candidates would sign legislation to enact universal background checks, ban sales of assault weapons, require that gun owners report lost or stolen guns and grant municipalities the ability to enact gun control ordinances. McCord and Schwartz would sign legislation to limit the number of handguns that one person could buy in an effort to deter straw purchases. McGinty would not sign legislation to limit handgun purchases. Wolf wouldn't say whether he would sign that legislation.
Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race May 17, 2014

Katie McGinty: Restrictions on assault weapons but not handguns

All four candidates would sign legislation to enact universal background checks, ban sales of assault weapons, require that gun owners report lost or stolen guns and grant municipalities the ability to enact gun control ordinances. McCord and Schwartz would sign legislation to limit the number of handguns that one person could buy in an effort to deter straw purchases. McGinty would not sign legislation to limit handgun purchases. Wolf wouldn't say whether he would sign that legislation.
Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race May 17, 2014

Tom Wolf: Universal background checks, & ban assault weapons

All four Democratic candidates would sign legislation to enact universal background checks, ban sales of assault weapons, require that gun owners report lost or stolen guns and grant municipalities the ability to enact gun control ordinances.

McCord and Schwartz would sign legislation to limit the number of handguns that one person could buy in an effort to deter straw purchases. McGinty would not sign legislation to limit handgun purchases. Wolf wouldn't say whether he would sign that legislation.

Source: The Patriot News on 2014 Pennsylvania governor debate May 10, 2014

John Fetterman: Brandished shotgun after hearing shots fired on street

Armed with a shotgun, Fetterman confronted a man after hearing what he thought to be gunfire in the streets last weekend. Fetterman said that he hurried to get his young son inside his home when he heard about a dozen gunshots around 4 p.m. Fetterman said he saw a man take off on foot, wearing a face mask and goggles. He called 911 and got into his truck and pursued. `No one could know what was going on at that point, other than a large number of shots were fired,` said Fetterman. `I made a decision as a parent, and as a mayor, to intervene until the first responders could get there.`

Fetterman said he had a 20-gauge shotgun in his vehicle, and he brandished it when he caught up to the person and ordered him to stop, not knowing if the person was armed. `I did remove a weapon from my car, but I did not point it at him. In fact, I didn't even have a round chambered or the safety off.` The mayor was joined by police officers responding to his 911 call, & the officers took control of the situation.

Source: WTAE on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Jan 31, 2013

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Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
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Gov.George Pataki(NY)
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Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
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V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
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Robert Steele(L-NY)
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