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Everytown for Gun Safety today released the findings of a statewide survey of likely voters in Pennsylvania that reveals how the state legislature’s priorities on guns are out-of-step with what Pennsylvanians support. In the final days of session, the legislature is attempting to push through a firearm preemption bill that would make it harder for local officials to enact and enforce public safety policies — which a majority of Pennsylvanians oppose once informed about it — while there are no plans to advance legislation to expand criminal background checks to all gun sales, which 93 percent of Pennsylvanians support.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives could soon be voting on HB 2011 — a firearm preemption bill that would hamper local officials’ ability to ensure safety in their communities. The bill would enact first-time-ever legal rules to allow groups like the NRA to sue municipalities across the state over local public safety laws like ordinances that require reporting lost or stolen guns to the police, directly overriding well-established judicial precedent that rejected the gun lobby’s attempt to bring such suits. HB 2011 would also force cities and boroughs to turn over taxpayer dollars to pay the gun lobby’s legal bills.
Key findings of the poll, which can be found here, include:
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs