CeaseFirePA, a coalition of Pennsylvanians, mayors, police chiefs, faith leaders, and community organizations, today applauded the action of the Senate Judiciary Committee in voting out a bill to require background checks for every gun sale. “Now, we must call on our Senators to vote for this bill when it reaches the Senate floor,” said Shira Goodman, CeaseFirePA’s Executive Director.
CeaseFirePA, a statewide coalition, has been advocating for expanding background checks at the state and federal level. “This is a commonsense reform that we know works.  The facts speak for themselves, since 1998 the federal background check system has blocked more than 2 million felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous prohibited purchasers from buying guns.” said Goodman.

“Pennsylvania is counting on our leaders in Washington to do the right thing: we need to pass commonsense gun reforms that will reduce gun violence.” said Goodman.  Today’s committee vote is a good first step but this is only the beginning.  We will continue to demand action to make our communities safer.