Gun Laws http://wesa.fm en An Update on Recent Firearm Legislation from Harrisburg http://wesa.fm/post/update-recent-firearm-legislation-harrisburg <p>The state House Judiciary Committee released an agenda on five firearms related bills this week, including an approved measure that would make municipalities that pass gun restrictions susceptible to law suits.</p><p>90.5 WESA State Capitol correspondent <a href="http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/66008-bill-curbing-local-gun-restrictions-goes-to-pa-house">Mary Wilson</a> says under the municipality bill, challengers of local gun restrictions would have the legal standing necessary to ask for court review of an ordinance. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:38:36 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26124 at http://wesa.fm An Update on Recent Firearm Legislation from Harrisburg Aliquippa Officials call on State Lawmakers to Support Stricter Background Checks for Guns http://wesa.fm/post/aliquippa-officials-call-state-lawmakers-support-stricter-background-checks-guns <p>The Beaver County Borough of Aliquippa of has grappled with violence for decades, though its mayor says things are getting better. In an effort to further reduce violence, Mayor Dwan Walker along with community and faith leaders called on state lawmakers Friday to support stronger background checks for gun sales.</p> Sat, 04 May 2013 10:53:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8973 at http://wesa.fm Poll Shows Toomey's More Popular Than Ever http://wesa.fm/post/poll-shows-toomeys-more-popular-ever <p>If anyone is still asking whether Republican Pat Toomey did any damage to his reputation, a new survey puts the question to bed: Nope.<br><br>The <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes--centers/polling-institute/pennsylvania/release-detail?ReleaseID=1888">Quinnipiac University poll</a> shows the state’s junior U.S. senator has emerged from his foray into the gun control debate with his highest ever approval rating.<br><br>Toomey’s score jumped to 48 percent – up by five points in the past month. Thirty percent of voters surveyed said they disapprove of the job he’s doing.<br> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:10:10 +0000 Mary Wilson 8559 at http://wesa.fm Toomey Strikes Conciliatory, Final Note on Gun Debate http://wesa.fm/post/toomey-strikes-conciliatory-final-note-gun-debate <p>For Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, speaking to the annual conservative confab known as the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference days after the end of his brief foray into the gun debate was like heading into the belly of the beast.<br><br>The senator worked the crowd, shaking hands with people who politely told him they disagreed with his support for expanding background checks on firearm purchases. Introductory remarks that touched on Toomey’s failed amendment elicited sounds of dissent from the seated audience.<br> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:46:59 +0000 Mary Wilson 8173 at http://wesa.fm Senator Toomey on Gun Reform: Where Do We Go From Here? http://wesa.fm/post/senator-toomey-gun-reform-where-do-we-go-here <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Last week Senators Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin took a bipartisan approach to gun reform that would have extended the existing background check system to gun shows and online sales.&nbsp; This week, their legislation was blocked in the Senate. We'll talk to <a href="http://www.toomey.senate.gov/"><strong>Senator Toomey</strong></a> about where gun reform can go from here. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 8114 at http://wesa.fm Senator Toomey on Gun Reform: Where Do We Go From Here? Senate Blocks Expanded Gun Sale Background Checks http://wesa.fm/post/senate-blocks-expanded-gun-sale-background-checks <p><strong>Updated Post: 4:56 p.m.</strong></p><p>Senate Republicans, backed by rural-state Democrats, blocked legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting personal pleas made by families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.</p><p>Attempts to ban assault-style rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines also faced certain defeat in a series of showdown votes four months after a gunman killed 20 elementary school children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:33:01 +0000 Mary Wilson & The Associated Press 8035 at http://wesa.fm Closing Pennsylvania's Gun Loophole http://wesa.fm/post/closing-pennsylvanias-gun-loophole <p>As talks about gun legislation continue in the U.S. Senate, groups have <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/state/at-pennsylvania-capitol-groups-calling-to-close-loophole-in-gun-laws-682896/">descended</a> on the state capitol in Harrisburg urging legislators to close a loophole in Pennsylvania's gun laws. State Reps. <a href="http://www.pahouse.com/santarsiero"><strong>Steve Santarsiero</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.pahouse.com/frankel/"><strong>Dan Frankel</strong></a> join us to talk about balancing Second Amendment rights with public safety. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7710 at http://wesa.fm Closing Pennsylvania's Gun Loophole Sen. Toomey Part of Effort to Expand Gun Background Checks http://wesa.fm/post/sen-toomey-part-effort-expand-gun-background-checks <p>Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is part of a bipartisan effort to apply existing background checks to more kinds of firearm purchases.<br><br>The legislation was hammered out by Toomey, Pennsylvania's junior U.S. senator, and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, both of whom have strong ties with the National Rifle Association.<br><br>"Common ground is found I think based on the proposition that criminals and mentally ill people shouldn’t have guns," he said. "And I don’t think that should be a controversial idea."<br> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:40:32 +0000 Mary Wilson 7627 at http://wesa.fm