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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 24, 2022 09:10 AM
From: Representative Darisha K. Parker
To: All House members
Subject: Safe Storage Requirements for Long Guns
Firearm-related injuries are the second-leading cause of death among minors in the United States. Approximately two million children live in a home with an unsecured firearm, with the vast majority of school shooters obtaining their weapons from their homes or the homes of relatives or friends. Moreover, unsecured firearms significantly enable firearm theft, as well as firearm trafficking. According to current law in Pennsylvania, a licensed firearm seller is required to provide a locking device with sales of handguns; however, these requirements do not apply to long guns.

For this reason, I will be introducing legislation that will provide safe storage requirements for long guns. Under the bill, all firearm sales would need to include a locking device to ensure safe storage of the firearm.

It is vital that we protect the people of Pennsylvania by implementing better safe storage requirements. Safe firearm storage will reduce the prevalence of gun violence, as well as decrease theft and the trafficking of legally purchased firearms. Please join me in working toward mitigating gun violence and saving the lives of Pennsylvanians.

Introduced as HB2435