State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Gun Control


Lou Barletta: Opposes all gun restrictions

Congressman Barletta will continue to fight to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens on every front. He will always vote to protect and support citizens' rights to own and use firearms, including the protection of gun shows, hunting, and other conservation efforts; reciprocity for concealed-carry permit holders; range protection; and the ability of people to defend themselves, their families, and their property.
Source: 2018 Pennsylvania Gubernatorial website LouBarletta.com

Bob Casey: Expanded background checks; ban on bump stocks

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Lou Barletta (R): No, except for bump stocks.

Bob Casey (D): Yes. Position has shifted. Now supports expanded background checks, ban on bump stocks, & other restrictions.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Pennsylvania Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Lou Barletta: No background checks; but limit bump stocks

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?

Lou Barletta (R): No, except for bump stocks.

Bob Casey (D): Yes. Position has shifted. Now supports expanded background checks, ban on bump stocks, & other restrictions.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Pennsylvania Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Scott Wagner: Opposes gun restrictions

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Scott Wagner (R): No. Opposes gun restrictions.

Tom Wolf (D): Yes. Expand background checks, ban bump stocks, & restrict access for domestic violence perpetrators.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide: Pennsylvania Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Tom Wolf: Expand background checks; ban bump stocks

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Scott Wagner (R): No. Opposes gun restrictions.

Tom Wolf (D): Yes. Expand background checks, ban bump stocks, & restrict access for domestic violence perpetrators.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide: Pennsylvania Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Ken Krawchuk: Absolute right to gun ownership

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Absolute right to gun ownership"?

A: Absolutely.˙ Article 1 Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution says the right to bear arms shall not be questioned.˙ I have no question what that means.

Source: OnTheIssues interview: 2018 Pennsylvania Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Jim Christiana: Opposes background checks on gun purchases

Christiana doesn't support Republican Sen. Pat Toomey's bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases--because of what he says are "human errors" in the current background check process that have allowed some "lunatics" to acquire guns

"If we can't run the system that we have in place, how in the world are we ever going to expand it and realistically think that it's going to do its job?" he said. He said lawmakers should hold hearings and discussions to get to the "root cause" of the shootings, "not to find a scapegoat."

Christiana, who has a 2-year-old son, said he supports state legislation to require armed security officers and metal detectors in every school. He also supports legislation mandating school-age children to undergo annual mental health screenings. With the cost of such efforts in question, he said lawmakers would find a way to pay.

Source: Lancaster Online on 2018 Pennsylvania Senate race Apr 7, 2018

Rick Saccone: Backed by the NRA

Rick has once again been rated A+ by the National Rifle Association. "Members should interpret the A+ rating as meaning that Rick Saccone is a solid pro-gun/pro hunting candidate who is an advocate for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms."
Source: 2018 Pennsylvania Senatorial website RickSaccone.com Oct 15, 2017

Dwight Evans: Research the public health consequences of firearms violence

The Philadelphia Gun Court was a seven-year experiment with a specialized court for illegal gun possession, established in 2005. The court handled an estimated 800 defendants annually and featured mandatory treatment elements in addition to enhanced processing speed & intensive supervision protocols, with the ultimate goal of reducing aggregate levels of gun violence in Philadelphia.

There's no good reason why anyone should be storing or leaving guns where a minor is likely to gain access to it. There is no reason that guns cannot, like other consumer products like, say, Aspirin, contain safety features like safety locks for handguns, fingerprint recognition systems, and other measures to keep guns away from children and out of the hands of anyone other than responsible firearms owners. In a Congress that refuses even to allow research on the public health consequences of firearms violence, this may be a tough message to deliver--but Dwight Evans intends to deliver it.

Source: 2016 Pennsylvania House campaign website DwightEvans.com Nov 8, 2016

Pat Toomey: Expand background checks and apply terrorist watch lists

Q: On Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

McGinty: Yes

Toomey: Yes. Selective support of greater restrictions. History of high ratings from gun rights groups and opposition to gun control efforts. Since Sandy Hook, has supported expanding background checks and preventing those on terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Rick Saccone: Don't ban guns for no-fly list; too many false positives

Legislation proposed both at the state and federal levels would deny those on the terrorist no-fly list from purchasing a gun. At first blush, it might sound like common sense that if you are too dangerous to board an airplane, you must be too dangerous to own a firearm, but deeper analysis reveals a multitude of problems with the idea.

One of the main weaknesses is that the system produces many false positives. Thousands of innocent people have been unfairly or mistakenly placed on the no-fly list. For example, Jet Blue removed an 18-month-old child from a flight minutes before takeoff because the toddler was erroneously added. How's that "common sense"?

Another problem: The criteria determining who is added to the list is a secret, and the little we know about it is troubling. Also, there is no notification process. You wouldn't know you were on the no-fly the list until preparing to board an airplane.

Source: 2018 Pennsylvania Senate race website, RepSaccone.com Jan 15, 2016

Allyson Schwartz: Scored 100% on CeaseFire Pennsylvania survey

Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz scored the highest ratings in candidate ratings released Monday by gun-control advocacy group CeaseFire Pennsylvania, while Tom Wolf came in last. The group rated the candidates on their support for policies including: McGinty & Schwartz scored 100% by agreeing with every CeaseFire Pennsylvania stance. Wolf lost points for some answers, scoring 79% (supporting 15 of 19.)

"By unequivocally supporting every proposal, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz demonstrated broader support for a comprehensive attack on gun violence," the group states in its voters' guide. "Wolf raised questions or hesitated to give full support for a few important policy proposals, but each still demonstrated strong support for measures to prevent gun violence."

Source: Post-Gazette coverage of Pennsylvania politicians Aug 7, 2015

Katie McGinty: Scored 100% on CeaseFire Pennsylvania survey

Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz scored the highest ratings in candidate ratings released Monday by gun-control advocacy group CeaseFire Pennsylvania, while Tom Wolf came in last. The group rated the candidates on their support for policies including: McGinty & Schwartz scored 100% by agreeing with every CeaseFire Pennsylvania stance. Wolf lost points for some answers, scoring 79% (supporting 15 of 19.)

"By unequivocally supporting every proposal, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz demonstrated broader support for a comprehensive attack on gun violence," the group states in its voters' guide. "Wolf raised questions or hesitated to give full support for a few important policy proposals, but each still demonstrated strong support for measures to prevent gun violence."

Source: Post-Gazette on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Aug 7, 2015

Tom Wolf: Scored 79% on CeaseFire Pennsylvania survey

Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz scored the highest ratings in candidate ratings released Monday by gun-control advocacy group CeaseFire Pennsylvania, while Tom Wolf came in last. The group rated the candidates on their support for policies including: McGinty & Schwartz scored 100% by agreeing with every CeaseFire Pennsylvania stance. Wolf lost points for some answers, scoring 79% (supporting 15 of 19.)

"By unequivocally supporting every proposal, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz demonstrated broader support for a comprehensive attack on gun violence," the group states in its voters' guide. "Wolf raised questions or hesitated to give full support for a few important policy proposals, but each still demonstrated strong support for measures to prevent gun violence."

Source: Post-Gazette coverage of Pennsylvania politicians Aug 7, 2015

Allyson Schwartz: Restrictions on both assault weapons and handguns

All four candidates would sign legislation to enact universal background checks, ban sales of assault weapons, require that gun owners report lost or stolen guns and grant municipalities the ability to enact gun control ordinances. McCord and Schwartz would sign legislation to limit the number of handguns that one person could buy in an effort to deter straw purchases. McGinty would not sign legislation to limit handgun purchases. Wolf wouldn't say whether he would sign that legislation.
Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race May 17, 2014

Katie McGinty: Restrictions on assault weapons but not handguns

All four candidates would sign legislation to enact universal background checks, ban sales of assault weapons, require that gun owners report lost or stolen guns and grant municipalities the ability to enact gun control ordinances. McCord and Schwartz would sign legislation to limit the number of handguns that one person could buy in an effort to deter straw purchases. McGinty would not sign legislation to limit handgun purchases. Wolf wouldn't say whether he would sign that legislation.
Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race May 17, 2014

Tom Wolf: Universal background checks, & ban assault weapons

All four Democratic candidates would sign legislation to enact universal background checks, ban sales of assault weapons, require that gun owners report lost or stolen guns and grant municipalities the ability to enact gun control ordinances.

McCord and Schwartz would sign legislation to limit the number of handguns that one person could buy in an effort to deter straw purchases. McGinty would not sign legislation to limit handgun purchases. Wolf wouldn't say whether he would sign that legislation.

Source: The Patriot News on 2014 Pennsylvania governor debate May 10, 2014

John Fetterman: Brandished shotgun after hearing shots fired on street

Armed with a shotgun, Fetterman confronted a man after hearing what he thought to be gunfire in the streets last weekend. Fetterman said that he hurried to get his young son inside his home when he heard about a dozen gunshots around 4 p.m. Fetterman said he saw a man take off on foot, wearing a face mask and goggles. He called 911 and got into his truck and pursued. `No one could know what was going on at that point, other than a large number of shots were fired,` said Fetterman. `I made a decision as a parent, and as a mayor, to intervene until the first responders could get there.`

Fetterman said he had a 20-gauge shotgun in his vehicle, and he brandished it when he caught up to the person and ordered him to stop, not knowing if the person was armed. `I did remove a weapon from my car, but I did not point it at him. In fact, I didn't even have a round chambered or the safety off.` The mayor was joined by police officers responding to his 911 call, & the officers took control of the situation.

Source: WTAE on 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race Jan 31, 2013

Tom Corbett: Supports "stand your ground" expansion to self-defense

HB40: Providing for use of force in self-protection, for use of force for the protection of other persons.

Opposition by CeaseFirePA:Pennsylvania amended its traditional law of self-defense to include a so-called "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" provision. Under the Castle Doctrine, the duty to retreat did not apply in one's home. The 2011 amendment removed the duty to retreat when one is outside one's home. The law now˙allows a shooter to offer an entirely perception-based legal defense with next to no provable, factual elements upon which to base guilt or innocence. Now we really would have a shoot first law--a law that could be used to justify race-based killings & hate-motivated crimes where self-defense was a fallacy.

Legislative outcome:˙Passed House 164-37-2, Roll Call #189 on Apr/12/2011; Passed Senate 45-5-0, Roll Call #180 on Jun/20/11; Signed by Governor Tom Corbett on Jun/28/11

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting record: HB40 Jun 28, 2011

Jim Christiana: Supports "stand your ground" expansion to self-defense

HB40: Providing for use of force in self-protection, for use of force for the protection of other persons.

Opposition by CeaseFirePA:Pennsylvania amended its traditional law of self-defense to include a so-called "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" provision. Under the Castle Doctrine, the duty to retreat did not apply in one's home. The 2011 amendment removed the duty to retreat when one is outside one's home. The law now˙allows a shooter to offer an entirely perception-based legal defense with next to no provable, factual elements upon which to base guilt or innocence. Now we really would have a shoot first law--a law that could be used to justify race-based killings & hate-motivated crimes where self-defense was a fallacy.

Legislative outcome:˙Passed House 164-37-2, Roll Call #189 on Apr/12/2011; Passed Senate 45-5-0, Roll Call #180 on Jun/20/11; State Sen. Lloyd Smucker voted YES; Signed by Governor Tom Corbett on Jun/28/11

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting record: HB40 Jun 20, 2011

Brendan Boyle: Supports "stand your ground" expansion to self-defense

HB40: Providing for use of force in self-protection, for use of force for the protection of other persons.

Opposition by CeaseFirePA:Pennsylvania amended its traditional law of self-defense to include a so-called "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" provision. Under the Castle Doctrine, the duty to retreat did not apply in one's home. The 2011 amendment removed the duty to retreat when one is outside one's home. The law now˙allows a shooter to offer an entirely perception-based legal defense with next to no provable, factual elements upon which to base guilt or innocence. Now we really would have a shoot first law--a law that could be used to justify race-based killings & hate-motivated crimes where self-defense was a fallacy.

Legislative outcome:˙Passed House 164-37-2, Roll Call #189 on Apr/12/2011; State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle voted YES; Passed Senate 45-5-0, Roll Call #180 on Jun/20/11; Signed by Governor Tom Corbett on Jun/28/11

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting record: HB40 Apr 12, 2011

Dwight Evans: Opposes "stand your ground" expansion to self-defense

HB40: Providing for use of force in self-protection, for use of force for the protection of other persons.

Opposition by CeaseFirePA:Pennsylvania amended its traditional law of self-defense to include a so-called "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" provision. Under the Castle Doctrine, the duty to retreat did not apply in one's home. The 2011 amendment removed the duty to retreat when one is outside one's home. The law now˙allows a shooter to offer an entirely perception-based legal defense with next to no provable, factual elements upon which to base guilt or innocence. Now we really would have a shoot first law--a law that could be used to justify race-based killings & hate-motivated crimes where self-defense was a fallacy.

Legislative outcome:˙Passed House 164-37-2, Roll Call #189 on Apr/12/2011; State Rep. Dwight Evans voted NO; Passed Senate 45-5-0, Roll Call #180 on Jun/20/11; Signed by Governor Tom Corbett on Jun/28/11

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting record: HB40 Apr 12, 2011

Fred Keller: Supports "stand your ground" expansion to self-defense

HB40: Providing for use of force in self-protection, for use of force for the protection of other persons.

Opposition by CeaseFirePA:Pennsylvania amended its traditional law of self-defense to include a so-called "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" provision. Under the Castle Doctrine, the duty to retreat did not apply in one's home. The 2011 amendment removed the duty to retreat when one is outside one's home. The law now˙allows a shooter to offer an entirely perception-based legal defense with next to no provable, factual elements upon which to base guilt or innocence. Now we really would have a shoot first law--a law that could be used to justify race-based killings & hate-motivated crimes where self-defense was a fallacy.

Legislative outcome:˙Passed House 164-37-2, Roll Call #189 on Apr/12/2011; State Rep. Fred Keller voted YES; Passed Senate 45-5-0, Roll Call #180 on Jun/20/11; Signed by Governor Tom Corbett on Jun/28/11

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting record: HB40 Apr 12, 2011

Jim Christiana: Supports "stand your ground" expansion to self-defense

HB40: Providing for use of force in self-protection, for use of force for the protection of other persons.

Opposition by CeaseFirePA:Pennsylvania amended its traditional law of self-defense to include a so-called "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" provision. Under the Castle Doctrine, the duty to retreat did not apply in one's home. The 2011 amendment removed the duty to retreat when one is outside one's home. The law now˙allows a shooter to offer an entirely perception-based legal defense with next to no provable, factual elements upon which to base guilt or innocence. Now we really would have a shoot first law--a law that could be used to justify race-based killings & hate-motivated crimes where self-defense was a fallacy.

Legislative outcome:˙Passed House 164-37-2, Roll Call #189 on Apr/12/2011; State Rep. Jim Christiana co-sponsored the bill and voted YES; Passed Senate 45-5-0, Roll Call #180 on Jun/20/11; Signed by Governor Tom Corbett on Jun/28/11

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting record: HB40 Apr 12, 2011

Rick Saccone: Supports "stand your ground" expansion to self-defense

HB40: Providing for use of force in self-protection, for use of force for the protection of other persons.

Opposition by CeaseFirePA:Pennsylvania amended its traditional law of self-defense to include a so-called "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" provision. Under the Castle Doctrine, the duty to retreat did not apply in one's home. The 2011 amendment removed the duty to retreat when one is outside one's home. The law now˙allows a shooter to offer an entirely perception-based legal defense with next to no provable, factual elements upon which to base guilt or innocence. Now we really would have a shoot first law--a law that could be used to justify race-based killings & hate-motivated crimes where self-defense was a fallacy.

Legislative outcome:˙Passed House 164-37-2, Roll Call #189 on Apr/12/2011; State Rep. Rick Saccone co-sponsored the bill and voted YES; Passed Senate 45-5-0, Roll Call #180 on Jun/20/11; Signed by Governor Tom Corbett on Jun/28/11

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting record: HB40 Apr 12, 2011

Scott Perry: Supports "stand your ground" expansion to self-defense

HB40: Providing for use of force in self-protection, for use of force for the protection of other persons.

Opposition by CeaseFirePA:Pennsylvania amended its traditional law of self-defense to include a so-called "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" provision. Under the Castle Doctrine, the duty to retreat did not apply in one's home. The 2011 amendment removed the duty to retreat when one is outside one's home. The law now˙allows a shooter to offer an entirely perception-based legal defense with next to no provable, factual elements upon which to base guilt or innocence. Now we really would have a shoot first law--a law that could be used to justify race-based killings & hate-motivated crimes where self-defense was a fallacy.

Legislative outcome:˙Passed House 164-37-2, Roll Call #189 on Apr/12/2011; State Rep. Scott Perry voted YES; Passed Senate 45-5-0, Roll Call #180 on Jun/20/11; Signed by Governor Tom Corbett on Jun/28/11

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting record: HB40 Apr 12, 2011

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