Casey Proposes Legislation That Limits Gun Ownership; Criminals Convicted of a Hate Crime Should Not Be Allowed to Own a Gun, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Said Monday, a Day after a Gunman with No Criminal Record Killed 49 People at a Gay Nightclub in Orlando. [Derived Headline]

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Casey Proposes Legislation That Limits Gun Ownership; Criminals Convicted of a Hate Crime Should Not Be Allowed to Own a Gun, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Said Monday, a Day after a Gunman with No Criminal Record Killed 49 People at a Gay Nightclub in Orlando. [Derived Headline]


Bauder, Bob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Criminals convicted of a hate crime should not be allowed to own a gun, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said Monday, a day after a gunman with no criminal record killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Joined by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Casey, D-Scranton, proposed legislation to ban firearm ownership among those convicted of crimes against people based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Casey said the Hate Crime Prevention Act wouldn't have prevented the man who carried out the massacre in Orlando from owning a gun, but the government has to start somewhere.

"I think we have to take steps to make sure we can dampen or reduce the likelihood that an act will occur in the future by dealing with hate on the front end as opposed to waiting for it to fully blossom into the kind of violence that we saw this weekend," he said.

Misdemeanor offenses such as simple assault, intimidation and property crimes would fall under the provisions in the bill.

"If you are convicted of that type of a hate crime, you should not be able to own a gun," Casey said during a news conference at his office in Downtown.

Authorities have identified Omar Mateen, 29, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., as the shooter who committed the deadly attack at Pulse, the gay nightclub, early Sunday morning. Mateen had no criminal record and was able to legally purchase guns, including an AR-15.

Peduto, who has advocated unsuccessfully for mandatory reporting of lost and stolen handguns, said he supports Casey's bill.

"We can certainly take actions to be able to limit the amount of damage that is done so we don't have to have these types of press conferences," said Peduto, who wore a "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" lapel pin. …

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