As we approach the 5th anniversary of the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary below are a list of events recognizing this sad occasion throughout the Commonwealth.
Chester Gun Sense 5th Anniversary Remembrance: Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary
The Melton Center
501 E. Miner St. West Chester PA 19382
CeaseFirePA. Mothers in Charge and Community Partners Sandy Hook Remembrance Vigil
Broad Street Ministries 315 S. Broad St. Phila. PA 19107
Gettysburg for Gun Sense Interfaith Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence
US Chapel of the United Lutheran Seminary 147 Seminary Ridge Gettysburg PA 17325
Lehigh Friends of CeaseFirePA Name Reading Ceremony
Lehigh County Government Building
17 S. 7th St. Allentown PA 18101
Rain Date 12/15
Moms Demand Action Vigil for Sandy Hook
Moms Demand Action in American/CeaseFirePA Sandy Hook Vigil
First United Methodist Church 5401 Centre Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15232
Additional Moms Demand Action Vigils Throughout the Commonwealth
READING: Oheb Shalom Reform Congregation 555 Warwick Rd. Wyomissing PA @6:30PM
BUCKS: Buxmont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2040 Street Rd. Warrington PA@7:00PM
CENTRAL SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY: Degenstein Youth Center Sunbury YMCA 1150 N. 4th St. Sunbury PA@ 6:30
HARRISBURG: Carlisle Quaker Meeting House 252 A Street. Carlisle PA@7:00PM
Yesterday, on the same day as the National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass national mandatory concealed carry reciprocity- the bill which says if you can carry in any state you can carry in every state. They did this despite the warnings of law enforcement that this is dangerous and that it undermines state and local authority.
They gave an early Christmas gift to the greedy gun lobby.
The good news is that 8 of PA’s 17 sitting reps voted No, including three key Republicans. These 8 recognized the danger and stood up for the safety of Pennsylvanians. Please join us in thanking them. And if your rep was one of the other 9, make sure he knows how disappointed you are that he put the gun lobby ahead of you.
Votes against the bill (good votes)
Bob Brady 1st district
Dwight Evans 2nd district
Ryan Costello 6th district
Pat Meehan 7th district
Brian Fitzpatrick 8th district
Brendan Boyle 13th district
Mike Doyle 14th district
Matthew Cartwright 17th district
Votes for the bill (bad votes)
Mike Kelly 3rd district
Scott Perry 4th district
Glenn Thompson 5th district
Bill Shuster 9th district
Tom Marino 10th district
Lou Barletta 11th district
Keith Rothfus 12th district
Charlie Dent 15th district
Lloyd Smucker 16th district
Today, CeaseFirePA stood with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross and PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro in opposition to HR38, AKA the Mandated Reciprocity bill. This will undermine PA law enforcement in determining who should have a conceal carry license and create a lowest common denominator of allowing states with no requirements to carry to become the national standard.
CeaseFirePA’s press release and details about other law enforcement organizations against this bill can be found here.
A report released today by USA TODAY found that in 2016 the FBI ordered the seizure of over 4,000 guns that should never have been sold because of failed background checks.
How did this happen? Currently, when a person purchases a firearm from a federally licensed dealer they must go through a background check through a system called the National Instant Background Check System (NICS). Once the check is run, the FBI has 72 hours to run a background check and report back if the individual should not be allowed to purchase a firearm. If that window runs out before the check can be completed, it is up to the seller whether to make the sale or wait. Some dealers will not sell until they get a firm yes, and in PA, under the PICS system, sales cannot go through until there is a firm yes.
The number of guns improperly sold under this default proceed system could be much higher because in many states, there are no limits to the number of guns an individual can purchase at one time. These seizures put law enforcement in an extremely dangerous and risky situation as they try to retrieve guns from people who should not have them in the first place. There are no statistics of how effective the retrievals are because the ATF is not required to release that information.
Click here to learn more about the importance of the Pennsylvania Instant Background Check System (PICS).
Yesterday the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted to move a dangerous bill out of committee. This proposal, Concealed Carry Reciprocity, would make it legal for more dangerous and untrained people to carry hidden guns in more public places.
This bill if passed would hurt states with strict concealed carry laws and would force those states to honor concealed carry permits from states with weak or no restrictions on concealed carry.
We cannot allow this dangerous bill to pass. Can you email your Representative right now and let him or her know this bill is dangerous for PA?
Despite the fact that we’ve had the worst mass shooting in modern American history this year, Congress is still doing the NRA’s bidding and pushing for action that will weaken our gun laws. This week, the House of Representatives is beginning to move Mandatory Concealed Carry Reciprocity (H.R. 38), a proposal that would make it legal for more dangerous and untrained people to carry hidden guns in more public places. The bill is scheduled to be marked up in the House Judiciary Committee.
This bill is dangerous. If passed, it will force states with strong concealed carry laws to honor permits or licenses from states with weak concealed carry laws, including states that do not even require concealed carry licenses or permits at all. In 11 states, no permit is required to carry a concealed firearm. This bill does not create a national, uniform standard. It makes all states default to the lowest standard that exists.
This bill also would make it impossible for law enforcement officers to quickly and easily verify that people carrying a hidden weapon are doing so legally. Law enforcement agencies across the nation oppose this bill.
There is some good news, the Fix NICS Act (H.R. 2666) introduced by Senators Cornyn and Murphy also will be marked up this week. This bill requires federal agencies to share information with the national background check system and holds the agencies accountable if they do not.
The only PA rep on the Judiciary Committee is Rep. Tom Marino. But we’ll let you know when it’s time to reach out to your Reps.