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Help Me Stop the Next Act of Gun Violence

Senator Hughes


Every day, the news seems to be filled with stories about gun violence. It doesn’t matter if it’s a mass shooting on college campus or daily gun violence in our neighborhoods. It’s long past time when something must be done.

Movita Johnson-Harrell

Activist Movita Johnson-Harrell is surrounded by state Sen. Vincent Hughes, left, and state Rep. Steven Santarsiero holding pictures of her slain son Charles as she advocates for legislation to close a loophole in Pennsylvania’s firearms law at the Montgomery County Court House

That’s why I’ve introduced bipartisan legislation designed to close major loopholes in the background checks required to purchase a firearm.

My legislation would truly create a system of universal background checks in Pennsylvania.

My legislation would require all firearm sales, regardless of the barrel length, be conducted in front of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or county sheriff.

Additionally, this bill would include language that allows a person to obtain a 48-hour background check approval to be used at a licensed gun show within the Commonwealth.

Please help me send a message that lawmakers must act to prevent gun violence. Share this e-mail with your friends, family, and co-workers. Together, we can make the state legislature wake up and take action on this important issue.

Senator Vincent Hughes

Editorial: State Reps Owe No Apology for Common-Sense Gun Bill

Last week when a group of state legislators and anti-gun violence advocates announced the introduction of a bill in the House of Representatives that would close a loophole in Pennsylvania’s background check law, they almost sounded apologetic.

“We are here today not to take anyone’s rights away. We’re not here today to trample the Second Amendment. We are here today to strike a reasonable balance between those rights and the ability of law enforcement across this commonwealth to protect the citizens of Pennsylvania,” said state Rep. Steve Santarsiero, D-31 of Bucks County.

Stop Illegal GunsHe was speaking at a press conference promoting House Bill 1010 which he introduced, and companion Senate Bill 777 introduced by state Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-7 of Philadelphia, who was also at the event.

“All we’re trying to do (through the legislation) is to modernize the system, to use the technology that’s available to us to do a simple thing: Keep people a little bit safer and try to reduce the opportunity for violence and loss of life that could occur as a result of using guns. All we’re trying to do is save someone’s life,” said Hughes.

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Bucks County Lawmaker Seeks to Close Loophole in Gun-Safety Laws

By Margaret Gibbons | October 16, 2015

A Bucks County lawmaker is calling for the public’s support of proposed gun-safety legislation to close a loophole that allows private purchases of long guns such as rifles, assault rifles and shotguns without a background check.

The proposed legislation would extend background checks already in place for handguns to those purchasing long guns through private sales, such as purchases at a gun show.

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Demonstrators Rally in Norristown to End Firearms Loophole

By Oscar Gamble | October 16, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> Gun control advocates and those affected by gun violence joined law enforcement officials and state legislators from both sides of the aisle on the Montgomery County Court House steps Thursday to announce legislation that would close a loophole in Pennsylvania’s guns statute that allows the private sale of “long guns” without background checks.

House Bill 1010, and accompanying Senate Bill 777 would amend the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, extending the requirement for background checks for the private sale of short-barreled firearms to the sale of all firearms, regardless of barrel length, in an effort to prevent unauthorized purchases.

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Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda - Subject: Background Checks for Firearms and 48-hour Checks for Gun Shows

From Senator Vincent Hughes | October 16, 2015

In the near future, I plan to introduce companion legislation to Rep. Santersiero’s bill providing for background checks for firearms.

Based on continuing work on this issue, this legislation is an updated version of the previously introduced SB 777. This legislation eliminates all but the familiar transfer exception to the requirement of a background check prior to the purchase or transfer of a firearm with a new provision to permit the issuance of a single background check approval that would remain valid for 48 hours for use at gun shows across the Commonwealth.

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Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

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Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
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Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
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