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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: June 24, 2020 11:09 AM
From: Representative Donna Bullock and Rep. Morgan Cephas
To: All House members
Subject: Gun Violence Prevention Grants
Gun violence is a source of crime and tragedy across the Commonwealth, resulting in trauma that affects communities for years and leads to lifelong consequences for victims.  In 2017 alone, 77 percent of homicides were committed with a firearm and nearly 1,000 Pennsylvanians took their own lives with a gun. 

Our legislation, a companion to Senator Art Haywood’s SB 1029, aims to help support community-based violence reduction initiatives by creating the Violence Intervention Program (VIP).  The VIP would be a competitive grant program, awarded from a fund of $30 million for three years, administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for municipalities that have been disproportionately impacted by violence.  VIP grants would be used to support, expand, and replicate proven and effective community-based violence reduction initiatives.  Eligible applicants would need to include detailed plans and coordinate with existing violence prevention and intervention programs and service providers in their community.  

As legislators, it is our duty to do all we can to protect our constituents and their loved ones. By investing in the safety of our communities, we will be creating a better Pennsylvania for all. Please join us in cosponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB2717