Gun control advocates are pushing for tougher laws in Harrisburg

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Gun control advocates rallied on the steps of the state Capitol demanding action on a series of bills they say will keep guns out of the hands of young people and stem the alarming rise in gun violence on our streets .

“Three years ago today I lost my son,” said Tina Ford.

Among those calling for tougher laws was Ford, who founded Mothers of Murdered Sons after her son Armani was shot in Clairton.

“We have tools that we can use to discourage other moms from being in this club. Because if you’re not listening, we have a place for you,” she said.

Just last week, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said 50 percent of the illegal guns seized from Pittsburgh youth in the past year were stolen from homes and cars.

On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf joined the group to call for passage of a safekeeping bill that would make gun locks and gun cabinets mandatory, and another bill that would require owners to file a police report if their guns are lost or lost been stolen.

“I call on the General Assembly to pass the sane gun safety reform that Pennsylvanians are demanding. We cannot afford to wait because every day our Republican leaders delay, lives are at stake,” Wolf said

State Rep. Aaron Bernstine countered, “You’re trying to push anti-gun, anti-liberty, anti-Second Amendment agendas.”

Bernstine, a big gun rights advocate, calls the bills misguided, saying that safekeeping and mandatory gun reporting laws will do nothing to keep guns away from criminals and only make life more difficult for legal gun owners.

“Ultimately, what we need to do is hold people who steal firearms accountable and commit every crime involving a firearm. There should be harsh penalties for doing so without affecting law-abiding citizens,” Bernstine said.

But Philadelphia State Rep. Joanna McClinton said people are dying from inaction.

“It is unacceptable that children are now growing up wondering if they will make it to their 16th birthday, wondering if they will make it to their 21st birthday, wondering if there is anything worth living for at all because we not doing enough to keep the guns out of the wrong hands,” she said. Gun control advocates are pushing for tougher laws in Harrisburg


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