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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced Wednesday that he will sign a “sweeping executive order to reduce gun violence,” and will unilaterally implement a series of gun control regulations in his state.

The governor’s office issued a press release saying the executive action would involve “nearly two dozen new initiatives and reforms” in four categories: new oversight and data sharing; reducing community gun violence; combatting mass shootings; and address the rising number of gun-related domestic incidents and self-inflicted shootings.

The news bulletin did not provide details or language of the order, which is set to be signed on Thursday. It did, however, state that the measures would involve creating new state offices to enforce the governor’s initiatives.

“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,” Wolf said in a statement. “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.”

The governor’s office went on to reiterate his support of a federal assault weapons ban, and added that he would press for the General Assembly to pass a red flag law, a firearm storage mandate, and a statewide universal background check system.

The press release concluded: “Governor 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 a greater protection for all Pennsylvanians by targeting various types of gun violence with both preventative and proactive programs.”

The move by Gov. Wolf doesn’t come as an entire shock, considering he “has long supported a wide range of gun-control and anti-violence measures,” according to WCAU-TV. But as The Hill noted, recent mass murders in Texas and Ohio have prompted renewed calls for gun control from Democrats — and even some Republicans, who have been staunch Second Amendment supporters in the past.

Gov. Wolf’s announcement was made before a shootout in Philadelphia on Wednesday, which left multiple police officers wounded.

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13 Comments
  • ScottL says:

    I will never comply with so-called gun control laws that infringe on my rights of self-defense. Why should I make myself defenseless against corrupt government or criminals? Simple answer: I won’t.

  • shooter842 says:

    What measures is he proposing to take to take guns and other weapons away from CRIMINALS instead of law abiding citizens? Probably None.

  • Carl says:

    Black Market Guns, Anti-Gun Laws Create Them & Drive Up Demand

    Black Market Guns, Anti-Gun Laws Create Them & Drive Up Demand

    If someone lies to you to get you to change your vote or your lifestyle, they are not lying for your benefit, but for their own. Lying can be done in many ways, and one of the most insidious is the lie by omission.
    These reasonable sounding lies and our ignorance prevents us gun owners from fighting the evils of gun control as one strong united block. We counsel the creation of firearms study groups [like a bible study group, but for gunnies], in your kitchens, your churches, your firing ranges and in your backyard at your next picnic.
    The more you know, the stronger we all are.
    Firearms Black Market
    Before we can even get into the debate on various laws being touted about, we need to break down the some of the ever-present spoilers, like the firearms black market. We need to be able to know and fully understand what the firearms black market is and how it works. That’s so we can bring it out of the closet with conviction.
    So let us divert from our intended column on common sense NICS checks and begin to fight back with a big unanswerable question for gun control advocates and many unthinking gun owners, “So, what about the black market for guns?”
    No gun control advocate ever says, “This [whatever it is] law will save lives and we need to do something or we’re not good moral people, but, oh, the black market will prevent it from working as promised.” They would never acknowledge that.
    How big is the market? The easy answer is as big as necessary. It’s an unfettered free market. The supply will suit the demand.
    A closer look suggests that in 1993, New York City was a city of about 7.3 million people. In 1993, according to the Department of Justice OJJDP estimate, there were up to two million illegal guns possed by city dwellers. Remeber NYC gave gun licenses to the rich and connected, and because of the bulldog work of journalist Jo Craven GcGinty, we have a figure of 37,000 legally possessed weapons.
    The more we try to limit people’s access to guns or anything else, the more money goes into the pockets of criminals…
    By adding 37,000 to 2 million, we come to an estimated total of 2,037,000 guns. Then, by dividing, we find that, if each licensee purchased two guns, only 3.7 % of New York City firearms were “legally owned.” Since only the very well connected are permitted to own more than two weapons, we can conservatively estimate that in 1993, only 5 % of the guns were considered legal in NYC.
    That means that the percentage of so-called black market guns, after a century of restrictive laws is a whopping 95%. So much for New York City’s 100+-year-old restrictive gun laws, known as the Sullivan Act of 1911.
    We cannot find any recent national number for black market estimates because the powers-that-be keep this information close to the vest and the truth is they can only guestimate.
    Side Read: The harder it is to buy a lawful pistol, the more New Yorkers want to get one.
    If we knew the actual number of so-called black market guns, we would also understand that the all-pervasive black market in weapons prevents poorly thought out anti-gun laws from working as promised. Today in New York City, anyone who wants an “illegal” firearm can quickly get one, through the black gun market.
    The actual effect of restrictive gun laws is, by practical definition, to transfer legal guns to the illegal market. Everyone who buys a gun on the black market is committing an unlawful act, according to gun banners.
    Many bodega owners who could not afford the time and money to apply to the city, knowing that eventually they would be denied their license, use the black market and therefore, commit a felony in order to stay alive and in business.
    In Hong Kong with strict firearms laws, Angel Shamaya reports, the penalties are so onerous that only police and criminals own weapons. That is, the illegal guns possessed by criminals are “black market guns.”
    Let’s use the term, “black market guns” because it gets very close to the actual truth of lawmaking. Every other name builds the deception that law can control criminals and it is people who need protection from it.
    “Proliferation of guns” or “easy availability” of guns is nonsense words! It’s black market guns, and they are here to stay. Here is the Gallant/Eisen expose of the fatal flaw in firearms legislation, “restrict legal channels, and all that will change is the pattern of their availability.”
    Dave Kopel et al., describe the global black market in weapons. In Jamaica, the Gun Court Act of 1974 led to a situation in which homemade and black market guns “largely replaced lawfully acquired guns.” In Jamaica today, crime rules.
    One cop firmly stated, in The Layman’s Guide to Black Market Firearms, “Ladies and Gentlemen of America, People are always going to have guns available to them, no matter what. Always. Without fail….And the more we try to limit people’s access to guns or anything else, the more money goes into the pockets of criminals…”
    We have only presented the tip of the iceberg of black market guns studies ideas. We hope we have broken the path for the curious as it is essential to understand all side of the arguments so we can conclusively prove our point and argue our cause. Firearms safety requires more than finding the intended target without incident. It means protecting the Second Amendment for our children, and beyond.
    Knowing about the elephant in the room goes a long way to being able to confront the howling masses. Spread the knowledge.

  • charles fisher says:

    The Governor stated he is signing the EO, but doesn’t post those EO’s why? If he has them to sign into law, why does he not have them for reading? The news bulletin did not provide details or language of the order, which is set to be signed on Thursday. It did, however, state that the measures would involve creating new state offices to enforce the governor’s initiatives. Expansion of State government without the reason. I smell a fish, makes these great statements, yet doesn’t give the details, and expands the state government, are these new positions taking money for Gun Violence away from doing the real work?

  • Asisay says:

    Too many people are losing their lives to gun violence . . . . ok, so how many people are preserving their lives by having a gun to defend themselves and the people around them? That’s the part of the equation always left out by these philosophers.

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