HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf wants the Legislature to pass a measure expanding background checks on firearms in Pennsylvania and end an exception for shotguns, sporting rifles and semi-automatic rifles that are sold at gun shows.
The Democratic governor’s Monday news conference comes as lawmakers consider firearms-related measures in the wake of February’s Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people.
However, the Republican-controlled Legislature has long resisted gun-control measures and is unlikely to expand background checks or ban certain devices, such as assault-style weapons or bump stocks, despite the governor’s support.
The Senate last month unanimously passed a bill to force people with a domestic violence ruling against them to more quickly forfeit their firearms. Gun-rights groups dropped their opposition after negotiating last-minute changes and the House is eyeing similar measures.