1st of CeaseFire Pennsylvania Endorsements

CeaseFire Pennsylvania Releases First Endorsements 

Philadelphia, September 18, 2018 – CeaseFire Pennsylvania, the advocacy arm of CeaseFirePA, today released its first endorsements in races for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. Endorsement decisions were based on an assessment of candidate surveys, voting records of incumbents, and the priority ascribed to the gun violence prevention agenda by the candidates in their public statements and actions.  We anticipate releasing additional endorsements in the coming weeks.

Earlier in September, CeaseFire Pennsylvania designated candidates in many races across PA as Commonsense Candidates (the full list can be found here).  Most of our endorsements fall in races where only one candidate earned that designation.  Where both candidates earned the distinction, but we are still making an endorsement, we explain our decision below.

House of Representatives

HD 31 Perry Warren

HD 53 Steve Malagari 

HD 74  Dan Williams           

HD 150 Joe Webster 

HD 156 Carolyn Comitta 

HD 161 Leanne Kruger-Braneky 

HD 163 Jamie Santora

HD 177 Joe Hohenstein

HD 178 Helen Tai    

HD 181 Malcolm Kenyatta

The race in the 163rd House District features two candidates who earned the Commonsense Candidate distinction and who prioritize gun violence prevention. Incumbent Republican Representative Jamie Santora scored high on our survey and has been the prime sponsor of the background check expansion bill in the House. He has worked across the aisle to promote the bill and has signed on to several critical gun violence prevention bills. Challenger Mike Zabel scored 100% on our survey. We are endorsing Rep. Santora because of his commitment to this issue and his leadership on the background check expansion bill.

As noted above, we anticipate releasing additional endorsements in the coming weeks.

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CeaseFire Pennsylvania’s Commonsense Candidates

Each election cycle CeaseFire Pennsylvania, the advocacy arm of CeaseFirePA, aims to asses the dedication to gun violence prevention policies from all candidates across the commonwealth.  We believe that voters all over PA should be able to quickly and easily see if candidates running in their districts are supportive of the policies that we believe reduce gun violence and save lives.

Below is the list of candidates that have received CeaseFire Pennsylvania’s Commonsense Candidate designation.  This designation means that candidates in a competitive race completed and received a very high score on our candidate questionnaire .  This designation does not mean CeaseFire Pennsylvania is making a formal endorsement in the race, rather it is highlighting candidates with a firm understanding of issues and an expressed dedication to supporting policies that will make a difference.  CeaseFire Pennsylvania endorsements will be reserved for select key races and will be announced in the coming weeks.

CeaseFire Pennsylvania’s Commonsense Candidates

PA Senate

SD4: Sen. Art Haywood

SD 6: Tina Davis

SD10: Steve Santarsiero

SD12: Maria Collett

SD 16: Mark Pinsley

SD 24: Lina Fields

SD 26: Tim Kearney

SD 26: Sen. McGarrigle

SD 28: Judith Higgins

SD 30: Emily Best

PA House

HD8: Lisa Boeving-Learned

HD13: Sue Walker

HD14: Amy Fazio

HD26: Pam Hacker

HD28: Emily Skopov

HD29: Andrew Dixon

HD30: Betsy Monroe

HD31: Rep. Perry Warren

HD41: Michele Wherley

HD44: Michele Knoll

HD46: Byron Timmins

HD53: Steve Malagari

HD59: Clare Dooley

HD61: Liz Hanbidge

HD74: Dan Williams

HD83: Airneezer Page

HD84: Linda Sosniak

HD87: Sean Quinlan

HD88: Jean Foschi

HD91: Marty Qually

HD92: Shanna Danielson

HD101: Cesar Liriano

HD106: Jill Linta

HD122: Kara Scott

HD134: Tom Applebach

HD137: Amy Cozze

HD142: Lauren Lareau

HD143: Wendy Ullman

HD144: Meredith Buck

HD145: Brian Kline

HD146: Joe Ciresi

HD147: Josh Camson

HD150: Joe Webster

HD151: Rep. Todd Stephens & Sara Johnson Rothman

HD152: Rep. Tom Murt & Daryl Boling

HD153: Ben Sanchez

HD154: Steve McCarter

HD155: Danielle Friel Otten

HD156: Rep. Carolyn Comitta

HD157: Rep. Warren Kampf & Melissa Shusterman

HD158: Rep. Eric Roe & Christina Sappey

HD161:  Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky

HD163: Rep. Jamie Santora & Mike Zabel

HD165: Jennifer O’Mara

HD166: Rep. Greg Vitali

HD167: Rep. Duane Milne & Kristine Howard

HD168: Kristin Seale

HD176: Claudette Williams

HD177: Joe Hohenstein

HD178: Rep. Helen Tai

HD181: Malcolm Kenyatta

HD183: Jason Ruff

HD189 Adam Rodriguez

HD194: Rep. Pam DeLissio

HD199: Sherwood McGinnis

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Betsy DeVos, Guns Do Not Belong Where Our Children Learn

We were alarmed and sickened to learn that Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos is weighing a plan that would allow states to use your federal tax dollars to put guns in schools. This is outrageous!

As parents, teachers, school personnel and students all know, guns in schools would not make our kids — or anyone – safer. Can you give the Dept. of Education a call at 202-401-3000?

All you have to say is “I’m urging you not to allow grants to fund putting guns in our schools. Guns will not make students or educators safer. We owe our kids and their teachers so much more than this.”

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Injunction on 3D guns

Judge River Lasnick issues a temporary injunction on the release of 3D guns blueprints. The link below is to NYT story about today’s development.


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Will 3D Guns be printable tomorrow? Don’t ask President Trump.

3D guns are on their way… or are they? Even President Trump—whose State Department’s controversial settlement with Defense Distributed reversed all previous State Department positions to allow anyone with access to a 3D printer and Lego-level plastic to print his/her own AR-15 at home–doesn’t seem to know. “I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public,” President Donald Trump said on Twitter Tuesday morning. “Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!” 
We at CeaseFirePA couldn’t agree more, Mr. President. And the eight state attorneys general (including, we are proud to say, our own Josh Shapiro and those from our neighbors in New Jersey and New York) and the District of Columbia who filed a lawsuit in the state of Washington to stop these guns from legally hitting every home computer as early as tomorrow, August 1st, are with us, as well. Among other objections, those filing the lawsuit are arguing that this change in State Department regulation “allows criminals unfettered access to guns and ‘literally nullifies’ state gun regulations.” There is absolutely no reason (beyond profits for Defense Distributed and its founder, Cody Wilson) to make100% undetectable military-style rifles (or any other guns) available to anyone regardless of age, mental health, criminal history. Attorney General Shapiro (working with Governor Wolf and the PA state police) has gone above and beyond,  filing his own lawsuit in PA federal court that led to an agreement from Defense Distributed to “refrain from posting new information and to block all information from being accessed in Pennsylvania.”
So many families are already losing loved ones to legal and easily-obtained illegal firearms, and now, over the course of 48 hours last weekend, more than 1,000 people downloaded the AR-15 blueprints. We need fewer, not more, guns in the hands of criminals. We applaud AG Shapiro for doing the right thing and believe this lawsuit is a great first step. We hope that our federal and state legislators follow suit—as Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) have promised—and pass laws to prevent this technology from spreading further. And we hope that our nation’s Commander in Chief develops the necessary backbone to act accordingly.
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DIY Guns—a new and unregulated threat to citizens everywhere—are back. Here’s what that means.

After August 1, background checks during firearm sales may well be on their way to becoming obsolete. Thanks to a recent legal settlement between the State Department and Defense Distributed (DD), a Texas nonprofit, anyone with a 3D printer and access to Lego-grade plastic will be able to download blueprint plans for fully functional firearms ranging from pistols to semi-automatic military-style rifles like the AR-15.

When Cody Wilson, DD’s “post-Leftist anarchist” founder who has called his plan to create a comprehensive database of 3D “do it yourself” (DIY) gun blueprints the “death of gun control in the United States,” uploaded and marketed his first round of blueprints back in 2013, the state Department shut down his operations, citing international export laws. DD filed a lawsuit to reinstate its right to circulate the firearms plans, citing First Amendment freedom of speech protections; June’s settlement places Wilson’s blueprints back in the market next week.

As of right now, these printable guns do not fall under any current federal or state laws/regulations—that includes background checks or any other safety measures—and, thanks to their immunity from such laws, also do not have serial numbers or other distinguishing characteristics. In the last 2 years alone—following the brief period where Wilson’s blueprints were downloaded 100,000 times before the State Department pulled them–homemade weapons have been a part of at least 5 mass shootings. If one of the only obstacles keeping criminals from printing their own 3D firearms is the as-of-now-nearly-insurmountable cost of the materials involved (right now, the printers involved cost $5K – $600K–an admittedly wide, but across-the-board pricey, range for most purchasers), that is not enough; we cannot rely on market forces to keep ordinary citizens out of danger.

These all-but-unregulated firearms are yet another way for guns to reach the hands of dangerous, untrained individuals, and represent a real danger to our communities; our legislators and government agencies must get on board to stop the dissemination of these deadly documents before more, and perhaps record numbers of, lives are lost.


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