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Bill Toughens Gun Rules In Domestic Violence Cases


HARRISBURG – Legislation requiring the immediate relinquishment of firearms within 24 hours for persons convicted of domestic violence or who have a protection-from-abuse order issued against them passed the PA House by a 131 to 62 vote. House Bill 2060 would also end the ability to turn over weapons to family members or friends. Instead they’d have to go to police, a gun dealer or a lawyer. Current law gives individuals convicted of domestic violence 60 days and lets them give their guns to neighbors, relatives or friends who don’t live in the same home. The bill now goes to the state Senate, which voted unanimously for a similar measure in March. Opponents say police are not equipped to handle and store large numbers of weapons.

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