On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced his desire to sign an expansive executive order to target gun violence.
In a statement he said, “Too many Pennsylvanians are losing their lives to gun violence, and even more Pennsylvanians’ lives are being disrupted by the terror and fear caused by gun violence.”
He added, “We simply are not doing enough to stop people from dying and to give communities the peace of mind that they deserve. This order will make sure the executive branch is doing more and focusing on gun violence as both a public safety problem and public health crisis. I will continue to engage the General Assembly in order to advance important gun safety reforms when they return to session.”
This executive order consists of nearly two dozen initiatives. New offices focusing on violence prevention and reduction, safety programs, and information sharing between departments combating gun violence are various features of this executive order.
The nearly two dozen initiatives include new offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, safety programs, and information sharing between agencies fighting gun violence.
For Wolf, this executive order is not enough. He now plans on urging the General Assembly to pass direct gun control such as safe storage legislation, red flag gun confiscation orders, and universal background checks on all private gun purchases and transfers.
This announcement came after the Texas and Ohio shootings that took place in early August.
Pennsylvania gun laws could use some work. It is already ranked 32nd according to Guns & Ammo for best states for gun owners.
Further gun control will likely make Pennsylvania slip in the rankings.