Bills to combat gun violence advance in Pennsylvania House


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania House committee is advancing legislation to more aggressively take firearms from people who have a domestic violence restraining order against them or who are deemed dangerous by a judge.

The House Judiciary Committee passed several firearms-related bills today. Their fate in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is unclear.

Among the provisions are ones that passed the Senate in March. One requires defendants in final protection-from-abuse cases to give up their guns in 24 hours. Current law leaves forfeiture to a judge's discretion. Another eliminates a provision under current law that allows people to give their guns to a relative, friend or neighbor.

A separate provision would allow judges to issue a temporary order to take guns from someone deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.

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