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Bills to combat gun violence advance in Pennsylvania House

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 19, 2018 1:29 PM
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(HARRISBURG) -- A Pennsylvania House committee is advancing legislation to more aggressively take firearms from people who have a domestic violence restraining order against them or who are deemed dangerous by a judge.

The House Judiciary Committee passed several firearms-related bills Tuesday.

Their fate in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is unclear.

Among the provisions are ones that passed the Senate in March.

One requires defendants in final protection-from-abuse cases to give up their guns in 24 hours.

Current law leaves forfeiture to a judge's discretion.

Another eliminates a provision under current law that allows people to give their guns to a relative, friend or neighbor.

A separate provision would allow judges to issue a temporary order to take guns from someone deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.

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