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.
Today U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), introduced a bill that would update the National Instant Background Check System. This bill penalizes federal agencies who fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting. The bill also directs more federal funding to the accurate reporting of domestic violence records.
After the most recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the U.S. Air Force disclosed that it failed to report the gunman’s history of domestic assault to NICS, which should have prohibited him from purchasing a firearm.
The “Fix The NICS” bill has yet to be introduced.
We wanted to let you know about a unique opportunity to support CeaseFirePA while cheering on the red hot Philadelphia Eagles. We’re auctioning off three 50 yard line seats to the December 25 Eagles game (against the Raiders).
The highest bid wins and bidding closes on Monday Nov. 27 at noon.
If you love the Eagles, this is an easy and fun way to take a stand against gun violence.
Check out the auction now and make your bid!
Also, remember, the Honickman Challenge grant is still in effect, so the winning bid will be doubled!