Over the past year, we have achieved several important objectives. Although more work remains, we are proud of the changes we have helped bring to Pennsylvania and are confident that this work is making Pennsylvania safer. Together, we will continue the work and succeed in bringing commonsense gun laws to Pennsylvania.
As of January 2013, Pennsylvania has essentially moved from worst to first in terms of providing state mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. This was a critical accomplishment, and we must ensure the records continue to be shared.
In February 2013, Attorney General Kathleen Kane took important steps to ensure that Pennsylvania residents who want to carry concealed firearms must get a Pennsylvania license through a process that requires approval of their county’s law enforcement authorities. No longer can Pennsylvanians avoid the judgment of their local sheriff or police department by applying for out of state concealed carry permits.
CeaseFirePA Meets with Vice-President Biden and Attorney General Holder to Discuss Gun Violence Prevention
In January 2013, CeaseFirePA was among the gun violence prevention advocacy groups and gun violence victims and survivors called to Washington, D.C. to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder to provide guidance to the President’s Task Force on Gun Violence.
Although the Senate vote fell short last spring, Pennsylvania can be proud that our Senators — Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, both of whom had strong NRA ratings — stood up for common sense and supported expanding the national background check system.
Working with the Center for American Progress, CeaseFirePA brought 115 individuals representing more than 40 organizations to Harrisburg to network, strategize and unify around an agenda that will make Pennsylvania safer.
In fall 2012, the PA legislature passed and Governor Corbett signed this law setting mandatory minimum sentences for straw purchasers convicted of multiple purchases.