Pa. Auditor General releases gun violence recommendations

Tony Romeo
November 27, 2018 - 3:14 pm
Pennsylvania’s auditor general has released a report on what he believes can be done to curb gun violence within the limits of existing state law.

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Harrisburg, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania’s auditor general has released a report on what he believes can be done to curb gun violence within the limits of existing state law. 

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale believes a “community” approach is needed to reduce gun violence, starting with expanding access to mental health care, especially in rural areas, and a public awareness campaign to end the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment.

DePasquale also says county sheriffs should thoroughly check references before issuing concealed-carry permits. 

“In Bucks County, under the leadership of the new sheriff, the sheriff’s office has begun to do just that, and has started prosecuting applicants who provided false information on their applications. Sheriffs across Pennsylvania should do the same," he said. 

DePasquale also recommends that Governor Wolf sign an executive order requiring State Police to issue regular reports on guns traced from crimes. In a statement, a spokesman says the administration “agree[s] with the direction of the report” and will work to implement recommendations.