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Exclamation Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to Sign Sweeping Executive Order to Reduce Gun Violence

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf will sign an executive order to make sweeping changes to executive branch agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence. The executive order is the result of months of work by Governor Wolf and his administration to focus on substantive steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence and make communities safer. Governor Wolf will be joined by Charles Ramsey, Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, who will use his expertise in a new role advising the executive branch on implementing these changes.

The nearly two dozen new initiatives and reforms directed under the order fall into four primary categories:

New oversight and data sharing
Reducing community gun violence
Combatting mass shootings
Addressing the rising number of gun-related domestic incidents and self-inflicted shootings, including suicides by gun
Governor Wolf will direct the administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states.

“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,” Governor Wolf said. “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.”

More than 1,600 people died in Pennsylvania from gunshot wounds in 2017, a rate above the national average. While all types of violence must be addressed, guns account for the weapon used in 74 percent of all homicides and 52 percent of fatal suicides in Pennsylvania. The spikes in gun violence have led to billions of taxpayer dollars going toward efforts to increase security in schools and other public places and provide medical care to survivors, while families and communities have suffered invaluable losses when loved ones die of senseless gun violence.

Gov. Wolf recognizes that executive action alone cannot end gun violence in Pennsylvania. In addition to his call for a federal assault weapons ban, he will also call upon the General Assembly to pass safe storage legislation to reduce the number of accidental shootings, the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, also known as the red flag law, and mandating universal background checks by the Pennsylvania State Police on all gun purchases.

Governor Tom Wolf recognizes the Second Amendment but believes all Americans and Pennsylvanians have the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that also must be protected. The executive action he will take tomorrow will provide greater protection for all Pennsylvanians by targeting various types of gun violence with both preventative and proactive programs.
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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf will sign an executive order to make sweeping changes to executive branch agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence. The executive order is the result of months of work by Governor Wolf and his administration to focus on substantive steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence and make communities safer. Governor Wolf will be joined by Charles Ramsey, Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, who will use his expertise in a new role advising the executive branch on implementing these changes.

The nearly two dozen new initiatives and reforms directed under the order fall into four primary categories:

New oversight and data sharing
Reducing community gun violence
Combatting mass shootings
Addressing the rising number of gun-related domestic incidents and self-inflicted shootings, including suicides by gun
Governor Wolf will direct the administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states.

“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,” Governor Wolf said. “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.”

More than 1,600 people died in Pennsylvania from gunshot wounds in 2017, a rate above the national average. While all types of violence must be addressed, guns account for the weapon used in 74 percent of all homicides and 52 percent of fatal suicides in Pennsylvania. The spikes in gun violence have led to billions of taxpayer dollars going toward efforts to increase security in schools and other public places and provide medical care to survivors, while families and communities have suffered invaluable losses when loved ones die of senseless gun violence.

Gov. Wolf recognizes that executive action alone cannot end gun violence in Pennsylvania. In addition to his call for a federal assault weapons ban, he will also call upon the General Assembly to pass safe storage legislation to reduce the number of accidental shootings, the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, also known as the red flag law, and mandating universal background checks by the Pennsylvania State Police on all gun purchases.

Governor Tom Wolf recognizes the Second Amendment but believes all Americans and Pennsylvanians have the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that also must be protected. The executive action he will take tomorrow will provide greater protection for all Pennsylvanians by targeting various types of gun violence with both preventative and proactive programs.
Not sure he has the authority to be putting our executive orders if they fly in the face of the 2nd amendment! This should be good!
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Yet Philadelphia accounts for half of PA’s murders with only 12% of the population so why aren’t they focusing their efforts on that specific area rather casting a wide net over all gun owners.
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executive orders can not violate the constitution or the bill of rights. if they could the Demonrats would have wiped out the 2A years ago.
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I don’t see any meat in his executive order soup. Sounds more like mumbo jumbo stew.
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Governor weasel strikes again!
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The should re-institute the bounty on Wolves.
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I am throwing a big party the day he's gone! And then pray the next one isn't worse.
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I've never understood why suicided with a gun is considered "gun violence". I'm not diminishing the after effects on families of those who have taken their own lives. I've had a friend who's father did this when he was in his late teens. Profound effect on the survivors. So, if it's death by overdose is that "drug violence"? Death by jumping is that "bridge violence."

I think it's another way to pump up the statistics of "gun violence". The statistics even include deaths and wounds inflicted by LEO's in the course of their duties. Is that "LEO gun violence"?

Of course, I'm being factious with my analogy.....but is it far from the truth?


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I like to know whats underneath the 4 primary categories ? IDIOT'S in Congress should enforce the laws we already have! We don't need more laws! Only agenda Wolf has is being elected again! Good luck with that pipe dream.

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