The Pa. Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow teachers and other school employees to carry guns on school property.
After a heated debate, legislators approved Senate Bill 383 in a 28-22 vote. It would allow workers with concealed carry licenses to possess guns in schools if they meet training requirements and pass a psychological evaluation.
The legislation garnered harsh pushback from state senators who believe arming school employees would only exasperate gun issues and create dangerous situations. Read more »
There were tense moments on Wednesday afternoon at Drexel Hill Middle School after a teacher discovered a bullet on the floor of a restroom. Read more »
Pennsylvania legislators advanced three controversial bills yesterday involving gun rights, sanctuary cities and police transparency. Read more »
Christie photo by Bob Jagendorf (license); smart gun prototype photo via of New Jersey Institute of Technology
Chris Christie yesterday vetoed a bill that would have required New Jersey gun dealers to carry at least one “smart gun” for sale. Christie used a pocket veto, which means the Democratic legislature cannot override it.
Smart guns have been developed by several different sources, but are not yet for sale in the U.S. A smart gun can only be fired by an authorized user (though some smart gun tech has a way for authorized users to override that and allow anyone to fire it). The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s smart gun prototype uses “dynamic grip” technology to prevent anyone else from firing it. NJIT’s smart-gun project was begun at the behest of the state, but was eventually killed.
The gun-lobby says it’s agnostic to smart gun tech, but that’s a lie: The CEO of Colt’s Manufacturing Company was dropped after backlash to the company’s smart gun prototype; the NRA famously boycotted Smith & Wesson after it agreed to develop smart gun technology as part of a deal with the Bill Clinton administration. Some people go even further: A Maryland gun dealer, who planned to sell a new smart gun, said he received death threats. (Some death threats are empty, but these presumably came from people with guns.) Read more »
A 21-year-old man died after accidentally shooting himself at a Philadelphia gun range yesterday evening.
The shooting occurred at The Gun Range, located at 542 North Percy Street near 10th and Spring Garden streets. Read more »
Photo of an AR-15. (iStock)
The vast majority of people who own guns use them in a perfectly legal and responsible manner, but folks who seek to maim and murder in large numbers seem to have an affinity for one particular type of weapon: the AR-15. Orlando shooter Omar Mateen selected an AR-15 to slaughter 49 people and injure dozens more inside a gay club over the weekend, joining the list of AR-15-loyal mass killers James Holmes, Adam Lanza, Chris Harper-Mercer, and husband-and-wife terrorist team Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. And thanks to the National Rifle Association, buying an AR-15 in Pennsylvania couldn’t be easier. Read more »
Lynel Henry and Ricky Mosley are charged with burglary of a Philadelphia Police officer’s home.
Two off-duty police officers fired their weapons at suspects in unrelated incidents Tuesday.
The first incident occurred at 1:12 p.m. in an off-duty police officer’s home; he entered his Wellington Street residence and noticed that some items were in disarray – the TV was missing, the rear window was open, and the rear kitchen door was slightly open. After hearing movement and voices in the basement, the 12th-district officer said he approached the stairs, drew his weapon and said “police.”
At that point Rick Mosley, also known as Ameen Mosley, allegedly charged toward the officer with a “dark metal object” in his hand, the off-duty officer said.
The officer, an eight-year veteran of the police department, said he shot once at Mosley, who fell down the steps. Read more »
A second grade student at Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter found a surprise in his book bag when he got to school this morning: a fully-loaded Glock.
A police source told Philadelphia magazine that a relative allegedly stuck the weapon in the little boy’s bag for reasons that are thus far unclear. The child didn’t realize the weapon was lurking in his school bag until he got into his classroom. Read more »
Photo | Brian Thomas
Hanging on a fence around a parking lot right outside the Ellsworth-Federal stop on the Broad Street Line, more than 50 t-shirts flap in the wind. They bear the names of victims of gun violence, along with their ages and the date of their death. The memorial, organized by the neighboring National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia and a group called Heeding God’s Call, focuses specifically on those who died from illegally purchased firearms. The groups will hold a dedication ceremony on May 25th at 12:30 p.m. at the site. Read more »
When a dozen or so Upper Darby police officers bounded into Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School on Wednesday morning, a handful of students knew they were officially screwed.
Four male students and one female student ended up in handcuffs after cops found a handgun, drugs and bullets during a search of the building — an eyebrow-raising episode from a school that usually doesn’t make headlines for police activity. “We very seldom get called there,” said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. “Obviously, they have problems like everyone else, but they must handle that stuff internally.”
So what the hell happened? Read more »