(Harrisburg) -- Some state lawmakers are seizing on a perceived shift in attitudes on gun safety measures to push for reforms.
Several new bills proposed by Democratic Representative Ron Waters, who represents parts of Delaware and Philadelphia counties, would ban military-style assault weapons and roll back the so-called "Castle Doctrine," which allows Pennsylvanians to use deadly force in cases of self-defense.
Democratic Representative Dan Frankel of Allegheny County says he thinks the Newtown, Connecticut shootings have made some of his colleagues more likely to talk about gun safety measures. "After being involved in this issue for 15 years, I do sense a palpable difference among many of my colleagues with respect to a willingness to have the conversation."
Madeleine Dean, a Democrat from Montgomery County, says gun safety laws need to be updated as technology evolves. "Technology has changed. The way we purchase and transfer weapons has changed, and so I think we have to be a little more adept in changing our legislation to speak to those issues."
Dean says some lawmakers also want to form a special caucus that would address gun safety measures and other issues.
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