Gun legislation will protect victims of domestic violence

Make text smaller Make text larger

Editor's note: The following message was directed to members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from PA Rep. Marguerite Quinn, a Republican representing District 143, which serves Bucks County.

Please join me in co-sponsoring legislation designed to strengthen the Protection from Abuse (PFA) Act and convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence that require relinquishment of firearms.

Specifically, this legislation will amend Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

This targeted amendment is designed to limit the third-party safekeeping options available to convicted domestic abusers. Under this legislation an individual found guilty and sentenced before a judge would be required to relinquish any and all firearms in their possession, narrowing the window of time in which convicted abusers would have to relinquish their weapons from 60 days to 48 hours for an individual convicted of the misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. The defendant would be prohibited from turning over their weapons to a family member or friend and instead would be required to relinquish them to law enforcement, an authorized gun dealer, or an attorney.

The intent of this change in law is to enhance safety for victims of domestic violence and their children as well as law enforcement and the greater community during the most dangerous time — when a victim seeks help. This legislation is especially timely due to the scourge of shootings in our country and their links to domestic violence.

Making this change is a priority for the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The organization has discussed the provisions in this proposed legislation with various stakeholders including sheriffs, district attorneys, chiefs of police, and the Pennsylvania State Police.

This legislation will be similar to the current Senate Bill 501 (Killion).

Representative Marguerite Quinn

Doylestown, Pa.

Make text smaller Make text larger


Pool Rules


Henry ('Hank') Melvin Kidney of Villa Rica, Ga., dies at age 71
Henry (“Hank”) Melvin Kidney of Villa Rica, Ga., passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. He was 71.
Son of the late Francis Kidney and Mary Lou Quick Kidney, he was...

Read more »

To the 18-year-old kid I stopped doing 100 mph
Editor's note: The following officer's post on the North Ridgeville (Ohio) Police Department Facebook page has gone viral because of the power of its...
Read more »

Unique business and luxury residence in one
— This is a great opportunity to run a business near your home and own all the property — about 12 private acres in all...
Read more »

DV wins with gut-wrenching tenacity and last-second heroics
— Delaware Valley's Varsity basketball game against Warwick, N.Y., was a pure heart stopper.
Watching the...

Read more »


Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


Letters to the Editor
Vote the Delaware Pennsylvania's River of the Year
  • Dec 17, 2018
Letters to the Editor
'A' rating from the NRA is the new scarlet letter
  • Dec 17, 2018
Local News
Winter Wanders Nature Camp at Lacawac
  • Dec 17, 2018


Weather in Milford, PA