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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: July 26, 2018 11:56 AM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt and Rep. Jordan A. Harris
To: All House members
Subject: Joint Legislation Expanding the Gun Violence Task Force
Gun violence continues to plague our communities. Since 2014-15, the Office of Attorney General has received funding for a Joint Local-State Firearm Task Force comprised of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the Philadelphia Police Department and the Office of Attorney General to help reduce gun violence in the Philadelphia area. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Reported Gun Violence trend report states that 10,911 gun violence offenses were reported in 2015. The rates of gun violence (robberies by firearm, assaults by firearm, and homicides by firearm) were significant in several communities in Delaware, Montgomery, and Bucks counties, the counties collaring Philadelphia. We believe it is time to create a regional Local-State Firearm Task Forces to help combat gun violence that spills over from Pennsylvanian’s urban centers to collar counties.

In the near future, we will be introducing legislation to create regional Local -State Firearms Task Forces to help investigate gun crimes and gun-related violence in the urban centers and bordering counties of Pennsylvania. It is our intention to pursue all available sources of funding and similar approaches that have been done previously to support local law enforcement and county district attorneys. While we have not identified specific revenue sources at this time, we’re considering all local, state and federal appropriations, grants and fee-based programs to support these efforts including, but not limited to, court fees and other local and court assessments.

We hope that you will join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation.