CeaseFirePA is working in communities across Pennsylvania to build support from the ground up for reforms to reduce gun violence, stop the flow of illegal guns into our communities, and keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. For too long, our leaders in Harrisburg have neglected their duty to enact the commonsense reforms their constituents want.
Extreme Risk Protection Order
Following in the footsteps of states that have enacted similar laws to prevent gun violence, including TX, CT, CA, and IN, a Pennsylvania version of an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) would provide a mechanism for family members and/or law enforcement to petition local courts for a temporary firearm restraining order for an individual in crisis if good cause can be shown that the individual poses an imminent threat to the safety of themselves or others. With an ERPO, a court can restrict the person’s access to firearms for up to one year (with a process to petition for an extension). Data from other states reveals that this often provides time for the individual to seek help, including mental health treatment, and that the process has prevented suicides and probably homicides as well.
Expanding the Background Check System
Background checks are a good idea and an effective policy. Background checks work to block purchases to people who are prohibited from buying guns because of their criminal records, mental health history, or an active protection from abuse order. But loopholes exist in the background check system that enable some of those people to get guns. We can fix this.
Banning Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines
Assault-style weapons are commonly used in mass shootings across the nation. We are calling for a new ban to protect our communities from gun violence. This commonsense measure would restrict the sale of these weapons and the high capacity magazines that help to make them so deadly.
Unsecured firearms in the home are dangerous. Millions of children live in homes where firearms are loaded but not locked. Firearm owners should be required to store their guns safely and should be held accountable when negligent storage leads to dangerous and tragic consequences.
Lost and Stolen Reporting
Mandatory reporting of Lost or Stolen firearms is designed to crack down on some of the major sources of crime guns: loss, theft, and straw purchasers – people who buy guns and then sell them illegally to people who can’t buy them on their own. The police tell us that this commonsense law helps them identify traffickers and straw purchasers; we need the Pennsylvania legislature to pass it.
Banning Bump Stocks
Bump stocks allow shooters to readily convert semi-automatic weapons so that they simulate the firing rates of automatic weapons. Fully automatic weapons have been highly regulated since the 1930’s. This “accessory” should be banned.