Life-saving PFA Firearms Bill Backed by PDAA Passes the House
The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association congratulates the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for overwhelmingly passing legislation that will disarm domestic abusers. In a bipartisan vote today, the House approved legislation by Representative Marguerite Quinn (R-143) H.B. 2060, which will require the surrender of firearms belonging to those whom final protection from abuse orders have been ordered. The bill will also limit the numbers of third parties that can store the firearms belonging to such abusers.
“HB 2060 will quite literally save the lives of victims of domestic violence, as well as law enforcement officials who respond to domestic disturbances,” said Richard Goldinger, President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and Butler County District Attorney. “We need to de-escalate domestic violence situations to help save lives.”
According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in 2017 of the more than 100 women, men and children who lost their lives to domestic violence in Pennsylvania, two-thirds were fatally shot. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, domestic disputes are the number one circumstance for firearms-related officer deaths.
The bill will now move to the Senate, which has already passed similar legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (R-9).