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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 19, 2012 03:10 PM
From: Senator LeAnna M. Washington
To: All Senate members
Subject: First class cities, handgun purchase limits
In the near future, I plan on reintroducing legislation that would reduce illegal handgun trafficking in Philadelphia. This bill will be similar to SB 1042 (2007-2008) and I invite you to join me as a cosponsor.

The bill would amend Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, to limit handgun purchases and sales in cities of the first class.

My legislation is directed solely at illegal handgun traffic and would NOT restrict the sale of firearms to legitimate gun purchasers. If enacted, this legislation would help to mitigate the threat of handguns getting into the hands of criminals, children, or terrorist organizations with intention to harm.

Handguns are the leading cause of violent criminal homicide in our Commonwealth, and I believe we must act to reduce these very real threats while ensuring that the rights of law-abiding citizens who wish to purchase firearms are not infringed upon. I believe that this bill accomplishes this important goal.

Please contact my office at 717-787-1427 if you have any questions.

Introduced as SB192