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Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

After months of waiting, gun protection bill up for a vote

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Sep 25, 2018 5:13 AM
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Ralliers--largely women--packed the Capitol rotunda to call for a bill that aims to make it harder for abusers to access guns. (Photo by AP)

 

(Harrisburg) -- The state House is expected to pass a proposal Tuesday making it harder for domestic abusers to possess weapons.

It could be the first significant gun-related bill the chamber gets across the finish line after dozens of attempts this session.

The measure in question would require people under protection from abuse orders turn over their weapons more quickly, and make those weapons harder to reclaim.

It was initially expected to pass in June--but shortly before lawmakers recessed for the summer, the group Firearm Owners Against Crime pulled its support over concerns the measure would allow guns to be seized without due process.

Sponsor Marguerite Quinn, a Bucks County Republican, said the differences still aren't resolved.

"Those people who are against the bill, those organizations have been very active in putting some misinformation out," she said.

Still, she thinks it will pass.

Quinn and other supporters made some concessions to ensure they have enough backers--like letting judges use discretion in ordering weapons to be surrendered if abusers sign a consent agreement to stop violent behavior.

The bill was scheduled for a House vote Monday, but lawmakers ran out of time before heading to a charity softball game.

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