Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's Time for Pa. to Disarm Domestic Abusers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's Time for Pa. to Disarm Domestic Abusers

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A gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be murdered, according to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Everytown for Gun Safety. The Pennsylvania Legislature has an opportunity to reduce the deadly toll of domestic violence by closing the loopholes in current domestic violence law.

Under Pennsylvania law, an abuser subject to a final protection from abuse order need not relinquish firearms unless ordered by the court, which happens in just 14 percent of cases. And while abusers convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence are required to turn in their firearms, they are given 60 days to comply. Current law also permits abusers to choose the third party who will safeguard their firearms. Pennsylvanians like me believe it's time to disarm domestic abusers and safely secure their weapons with the passage of Senate Bill 501.

Championed by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and sponsored by Republican state Sen. Tom Killion, S.B. 501 has bipartisan and law enforcement support. The bill requires domestic abusers to turn in firearms to law enforcement, or a licensed gun dealer, within 48 hours of either a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction, or of being placed under a final PFA order.

Let's work together to protect victims of domestic abuse; let's pass S.B. 501 now.

BETH BECK

South Fayette

The writer is a volunteer for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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