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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Should Prioritize Bills That Address Police Violence, Not Strip Common-Sense Gun Law

June 26, 2020

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed HB 1747, a dangerous bill that would repeal the ban of open carry by persons without a carry permit during a state of emergency. It would also prevent the governor from restricting or limiting the sale, dispensing or transportation of firearms. On the same day, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 459, which would create record keeping and reporting requirements regarding the use of force by law enforcement officers.

“If lawmakers want to keep us safe from gun violence, the last thing they should be doing is advancing a reckless bill that upends public safety laws in the middle of a crisis,” said Erin Buchner, a volunteer with Pennsylvania Moms Demand Action. “Instead, lawmakers should advance legislation that increases transparency about violence by police in Pennsylvania, and could prevent future suffering.”



  • According to Mapping Police Violence, Black Americans are shot and killed by police at three times the rate of white Americans. 
    • In Pennsylvania, 171 people were killed by police in Pennsylvania between 2013 and 2019 — and 96 percent of those people died by police gunfire
    • A third of the people shot and killed by police in Pennsylvania between 2013 and 2019 were Black.
  • Pennsylvania is one of the top 10 states with the highest black homicide victimization rates in 2017, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.

If you’re interested in speaking with Pennsylvania Moms Demand Action volunteers about any of these bills moving in the legislature right now, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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