Delaware County state reps. Margo Davidson (D-164) and Nick Miccarelli (R-162), urged House leaders on Monday to move bipartisan gun-safety legislation and announced a plan to create a temporary background-check permit for buyers to use at gun shows, among other new commonsense procedures to protect Pennsylvanians from gun violence.
The new legislation would include language to ensure that all firearm sales are conducted in front of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or county sheriff and require Pennsylvania State Police to send all existing mental health data to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and ensure that they continually submit that information.
“We are asking House leaders to take action on the measures discussed here today, including Rep. [Jamie] Santora’s proposal on gun show access, Rep. [Todd] Stephens’ proposal related to mental health, Rep. [Madeleine] Dean’s proposal on bump stocks, and the proposal that Rep. Davidson and I outlined regarding sales and mental health data,” Miccarelli said.
“The intent of this bill is not to stigmatize people with mental health conditions,” Davidson said. “Studies show that people with severe mental health conditions are more likely to become a victim of gun violence – in most cases by harming themselves – than they are to commit a violent crime.
“What is far more dangerous, though, is a lack of oversight to prevent people with dangerous criminal records from easily obtaining guns from anywhere… from gun shows to private sellers.
“While there is much debate over gun issues, the measures that my fellow lawmakers and I are proposing are steps that I think we can all agree on, without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners. Our communities can’t wait any longer for us to take action,” Davidson concluded.