Gun violence has become an all-too-common tragedy across the nation, and Pennsylvania has been among the hardest hit. As recently as 2010, there was a gun death in Pennsylvania every seven hours and from 2001-2010 nearly 13,000 people lost their lives to guns in Pennsylvania, the fifth-highest of any state.
There’s more we can be doing to keep weapons out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them: violent criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers and the mentally ill. Alex Charlton believes we need to close the gaps in our background check system that could allow dangerous felons to obtain firearms. We can also continue to improve our effort to upload mental health information into the background check system. And we need tough, responsible oversight for PICS — the Pennsylvania Instant Check System — to ensure its effectively prohibiting gun sales to criminals. We should also continue to aggressively prosecute “straw purchasers” that help criminals get guns under the law named after Montgomery County police officer Brad Fox.
The men and women of our local police departments put their lives on the line every day to keep our families and communities safe. And Alex believes we owe it to them to make sure they have the tools, equipment and authority they need to do their jobs.