State House panel takes up package of gun violence bills

Tony Romeo
June 19, 2018 - 9:23 pm
Activists and others look on as the state House Judiciary Committee votes Tuesday morning.

Tony Romeo | KYW Newsradio


HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A key Pennsylvania House committee has begun taking votes on a package of bills aimed at reducing gun violence in Pennsylvania. 

More votes are scheduled Wednesday morning. 

The state House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Republican Rep. Ron Marsico, held a series of hearings starting in April with the intent of finding a consensus on public safety and firearms legislation. 

Marsico said much of that consensus coalesced around domestic violence.

"For that reason, a focus of this package is to provide tools that will quickly, but temporarily, remove firearms from those people a judge — a judge — finds to be imminently dangerous," he said.

The committee approved legislation along those lines, but still to come are some of what are likely to be the more contentious firearms bills — including measures that would expand background checks and would ban the sale of gun parts that accelerate the rate of firing, such as bump stocks.