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Gov. Wolf urges lawmakers to pass gun safety measures

Gov. Tom Wolf said he is still waiting on proposed gun safety measures being proposed and discussed in the legislature to get to his desk.(AP photo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf said he is still waiting on gun safety measures being proposed and discussed in the legislature to get to his desk.

"It has been more than three months since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, yet state lawmakers have failed to pass any gun safety measures to my desk. Now, after another massacre has taken the lives of innocent kids, we must act," said Wolf.

The governor said one of the bills that has yet to come into his hands is Senate Bill 501, which would keep guns from domestic abusers. That bill was passed by the Senate two months ago.

Wolf added that the School Safety Task Force is nearing completion of its regional meetings and is looking forward to working with lawmakers to come up with bi-partisan measures to improve school safety.

However, he is concerned that the legislature has yet to act on keeping high-powered long guns out of the hands of dangerous people, as current state law does not require a background check for private sales involving such guns.

"I continue to urge the House and Senate to close this loophole to reduce the likelihood of a known dangerous individual from getting access to these potentially deadly weapons," Wolf said.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning, and Committee Chair Ron Marsico said they are having their final hearing regarding bills for the state's gun laws.

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