State House holds gun violence prevention hearings

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 9, 2018 12:32 PM

FILE PHOTO: A sign expressing sympathy for the death of Stacey Pennington is taped to the window at Pennington's store in Cleona.  She was shot and killed by Patrick Derr in September 2015. (Michael K. Dakota -- Lebanon Daily News)

(Harrisburg) -- The state House Judiciary Committee is kicking off days of hearings on gun violence and public safety in the wake of February's school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida.

Today's hearing was the first of at least five scheduled to let House members who wish to come before the committee and advocate for changes to Pennsylvania's laws.

More than two dozen lawmakers were scheduled to testify at hearings stretching into next week.

Meanwhile, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is urging the House to pass a Senate bill designed to force people with a domestic violence ruling against them to more quickly forfeit their firearms.

It passed the Senate unanimously last month and is backed by prosecutors and violence prevention groups.

It passed after changes negotiated by gun rights groups.

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