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State Rep. Perry Warren's House Bill 1400 Would Strengthen Gun Background Check System

State Rep. Perry Warren's House Bill 1400 Would Strengthen Gun Background Check System | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

State Rep. Perry Warren intends to give a gun safety measure a second chance, after lawmakers narrowly decided against advancing a previous bill out of committee.

 

House Bill 1400 would have required universal background checks for all gun transfers or purchases, beyond just short-barreled guns — closing what lawmakers have christened the “long gun” loophole. But the bill failed to reach the full House floor by a 14-13 vote last month in the House Judiciary Committee, 13 months after the bill was introduced and referred to the committee in May 2017.

 

That margin was close enough get Warren’s attention. “There are a number of things that can turn a one-vote decision,” he said Tuesday.

 

Though not a committee member, Warren, D-31, of Newtown Borough, cosponsored House Bill 1400, and now plans on introducing its successor.

 

Warren’s bill closely mirrors its predecessor, minus one provision that would have allowed firearm buyers to undertake just one background check if they wanted to make multiple purchases at a gun show.

 

If approved, the bill would require all gun purchases or transfers outside a family to be done before a licensed firearms dealer or county sheriff, a process also involving approval from the state police’s Instant Check System, used to cross-reference a prospective buyer’s background records.

 

Warren referred to a March Franklin & Marshall College poll of 423 registered state voters, indicating 86 percent of the voters “strongly favor” enhancing the gun background check system.

 

In a recent memo, he also said the current law allows unauthorized individuals to purchase long guns, including military-style rifles like AR-15s, some of which have seen use in deadly mass shootings.

johnmacknewtown's insight:

On June 13, 2018, the Newtown Board of Supervisors passed a non-binding “gun safety” resolution (see here). This resolution called for gun safety laws that would – among other things - “[Ensure] that background checks are required on all gun sales, including online and at gun shows. In Pennsylvania, preserve the provisions of the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), which provides instant access to background records.”

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State Rep. Perry Warren Announces PUC Hearing in Newtown on Proposed PECO Rate Increase

State Rep. Perry Warren Announces PUC Hearing in Newtown on Proposed PECO Rate Increase | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Perry Warren announced today that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will hold a hearing in Newtown on a proposed rate increase request from PECO Energy Company.

The PUC hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Bucks County Community College. It is one of five hearings being held regarding the proposed rate increase.

“Our communities experienced substantial power outages in March from winter storms Riley and Quinn. In light of that, I requested that one of the public hearings on the proposed rate increase be in my legislative district, so that residents have a chance to weigh in and ask questions,” said Warren, D-Bucks.

Warren also requested that the Pennsylvania Office of the Consumer Advocate, which is representing the interests of consumers in the case, review any improvements that could help mitigate or reduce the likelihood, frequency and duration of any future power outages.

“PECO reported that the power outages during and following winter storms Riley and Quinn exceeded the number of outages in 2012 caused by Hurricane Sandy. I hope that through this process we are able to work with PECO to find solutions and ensure we are watching out for residents’ best interests,” Warren said.

Warren represents the 31st Legislative District, consisting of Lower Makefield Township, Morrisville Borough Wards 1, 2, and 3, Newtown Borough, Newtown Township and Yardley Borough.

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If a rate hike is approved, residential ratepayers in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia and parts of York counties could see a 3.2-percent monthly rate increase, or about $40 dollars a year more on the average monthly usage rate of 700 killowatt-hours. That's equivalent to the 1 mill increase in Newtown Township property tax, which paid for the Newtown Ambulance Squad and fire hydrant maintenance (see here).

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Former Newtown Township Supervisor Ryan Gallagher to Challenges Incumbent Perry Warren in 31st House District

Former Newtown Township Supervisor Ryan Gallagher to Challenges Incumbent Perry Warren in 31st House District | News of Interest to Newtown Area Residents | Scoop.it

Ryan Gallagher wants a rematch.

The Republican fought Democrat Perry Warren for the 31st state House District seat in 2016 and lost by only 75 votes.

He announced Friday that he intends to challenge Warren for the seat in the general election.

“It is only fair for voters to ask what has changed since my opponent took office, and the answer is an increase in partisan bickering and gridlock. We continue to face the same fiscal challenges, loss of our young people to other states, and more that he promised to change,” Gallagher said in a press release. “I want to work for the people of our community to make a positive change that improves our everyday lives.”

Gallagher, 41, is an attorney and Realtor who served on the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors for about six years.

johnmacknewtown's insight:

In my opinion, Mr. Gallagher led Newtown Township down the path of fiscal irresponsibility while he was a Supervisor. "Holding the line on taxes" is irresponsible when there are increased expenses, an opioid epidemic to deal with, holes in the Police Department building roof, old Police Cars and Dump trucks that need replacing, etc. - funding for ALL of which Mr. Gallagher opposed when he was Supervisor. With you help he's going to lose by a lot more than 75 votes this time!

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