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Bill Would Protect Abuse Victims

September 20, 2018

Editor: Protecting the lives of victims and their families is the goal of The Domestic Violence Protection Bill, Senate Bill 501, which was passed unanimously by the Pennsylvania Senate. A companion bill, House Bill 2060, in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, was passed by the House Judiciary Committee, but has not been brought to the floor for a vote. House Bill 2060 would close a deadly loophole in federal law and would disarm dangerous domestic abusers and safely secure their firearms. This bill would protect abuse victims and the law enforcement officers who respond to domestic violence calls, which are among the most dangerous calls to which they respond. In 2017, 78 Pennsylvanians lost their lives in domestic violence incidents involving firearms. In 2016, two Pennsylvania law enforcement officers were murdered during domestic violence calls. The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the Pennsylvania Police Chief’s Association, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence support this bill. The NRA has reported that it is neutral and does not oppose House Bill 2060. Please call Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, and House Majority Leader Dave Reed, to ask that they schedule a vote on House Bill 2060. And then call your Representative to request that they vote yes on this bill. Diane Dreier DALLAS

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