Yesterday CeaseFirePA hosted a round table discussion with community members and state representatives at the Norristown Public Library. The Women’s Center of Montgomery County, the Victims’ Services Center, Lower Merion United, and Mayors Against Illegal Guns also participated. We discussed House Bills 1010 and 1515, which would expand the background check system to cover the private sales of long guns (1010) and create a law that would require gun owners to inform police 72 hours after their gun is lost or stolen (1515).

Rep. Madeline Dean explained, “It is to close the one gaping loophole in the background check system in Pennsylvania,” she said. “It is literally the removal of a single paragraph that creates this exemption of the private sale of long guns.”

Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D-148th Dist.), Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-194th Dist.), and Dean all said there is support for this bill among moderate Republicans. We need to keep on working hard to make sure that those Reps. hear our call for smarter, commonsense gun laws. “Your state representatives need to hear from you,” said Rep. Pam DeLissio (D-194th Dist.).

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CeaseFirePA plans to host more round tables in the future and would like to invite you to the next one. If you are interested in attending our next round table, please contact Che.saitta@ceasefirePA.org