|Posted:||December 7, 2021 11:51 AM|
|From:||Representative Martina A. White and Rep. Craig Williams|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Cracking Down on Illegal Gun Use in Philadelphia|
|In the near future, we intend to introduce legislation that will renew a crime fighting tool that allows the Attorney General’s Office to have concurrent jurisdiction with a district attorney for any felony offense under Title 18 (Crimes Code).
Under this legislation, the Attorney General shall have the authority to investigate and institute criminal proceedings for a violation of certain firearm laws within Philadelphia. Among other provisions, the legislation gives the Attorney General authority to prosecute straw purchases of firearms in Philadelphia. It also grants the Attorney General jurisdiction to prosecute the illegal possession of firearms by previously convicted felons and others in Philadelphia.
It is imperative that our laws are upheld and violators are brought to justice, and that we stem the tide of violence in our communities. Every avenue that can help save lives must be explored.
Please join us in co-sponsoring in this legislation.
Introduced as HB2275