A letter to the editor published in The Express-Times urges the passage of House Bill 1010, which seeks to close a legal loophole related to private sales of long guns. These weapons sales are exempt from background checks that keep guns out of dangerous hands.

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A recent analysis of Missouri crime statistics from Johns Hopkins University researchers indicates that the 2007 repeal of a long-standing law requiring background checks and licenses for all handgun owners was correlated with a 23% increase in gun homicide rates. None of the state’s neighbors experienced a similar increase.

It’s clear that background checks save lives. HB 1010 is now before the Pennsylvania Legislature and should be made into law.

Stand with us and ask your legislator to support HB 1010!