Pennsylvania would halt gun sales to people on federal “terror watch” lists, under legislation proposed this week by a Philadelphia Democrat.
Sen. John Sabatina Jr. sent colleagues a memo on Monday saying he would sponsor such legislation in the near future. “This is a common-sense bill with bipartisan support nationally,” he wrote. Read more »
Radnor High School was placed on lockdown at 12:30 p.m. today after a bullet was found on campus, a report on the school’s website said. The lockdown was categorized “level 2,” which means there was no direct threat to students.
The school said no danger to teachers or students has been found. K9 units were called in to sweep the school after a 9mm bullet was found in a hallway sometime today. Read more »
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The Eagles have lost two straight games at home, the last one a 45-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fans are pretty angry. And the National Fraternal Order of Police has an idea to make things better: Concealed-carry guns at Lincoln Financial Field every Sunday.
The Buckeye Firearms Association wrote last month about a letter the National Fraternal Order of Police wrote to the NFL, urging the league to drop its blanket anti-gun rule and let off-duty cops who attend games carry their weapons into the stadium.
Philadelphia FOP president John McNesby says “we totally support the National FOP on this issue.”
“Today, I am writing on behalf of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police to urge you to rescind this policy which weakens the safety and security of NFL players, personnel and fans,” National FOP president Chuck Canterbury said. “The terrorist attacks and threats of attacks from organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are selecting targets based on the amount of death and injury they can inflict – mass murder and casualty events.”
The NFL adopted a blanket ban on all guns at NFL games in 2013, though the Texas and Cowboys are exempt as Texas state law supersedes the NFL’s rule; local news reports say many Texas cops carry their guns at all times. A man was shot to death outside the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium during a tailgate party earlier this season.
Canterbury counters that if everyone isn’t allowed to have guns at NFL games, off-duty and retired police officers ought to be allowed to have them at least.
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I get that it’s an election year and thus partisan attacks won’t always be fair, but still: It seems pretty silly that Democrats are taking aim at Sen. Pat Toomey, of all people, on the gun issue.
Why? Because a few years ago, after the Sandy Hook massacre, Toomey became the rare Republican to buck the NRA — he joined Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and sponsored a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases. Modest? Sure. Watered-down? Probably. And yet: It was still too much for the Gun Caucus to accept. The bill never came close to passage.
Despite this, Toomey is now being criticized by his campaign rivals for not doing enough to end the scourge of mass shootings. Read more »
Martin Luther King High School. Image via Google street view.
This morning, for the third day in a row, class at an educational institution in Philadelphia was disrupted by the specter of gun violence.
Today’s scare: Martin Luther King High School on Stenton Avenue in Germantown.
The school was locked down just before 9 a.m. following a report that an unidentified male student may have had a gun in or in the vicinity of the school, according to a statement released by Philadelphia Police.
District officials said there was never any gun found inside the school and the lockdown was out of an abundance of caution, 6 ABC reports. Read more »
Community College of Philadelphia freshman engineering student Matthew Liu makes a phone call home as students and staff gather on Spring Garden Street. “I just hope she’s not in there,” he says about his sister, a senior. “I was on my way in there and got a bunch of messages from the school and 6ABC. That’s what got me worried.” Photo | Jared Shelly
[UPDATE: 11:39 A.M.] According to police radio, a male is in custody. A police wagon was summoned to 17th street. All parents of students are being directed to 15th and Spring Garden.
[ORIGINAL] The Philadelphia Police Department confirms a report of an armed man at Community College of Philadelphia. Shortly after 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, police responded to a call regarding the armed man inside the school’s Bonnell Building at 17th and Spring Garden streets.
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“I want to do 14 good things,” says Farid Naib, “one for every year of Cayman’s life.” This is how the father of Cayman Naib — the 13-year-old Shipley student who died by suicide in March — explains his participation in a new Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence video about the dangers of keeping a gun in the house.
Farid’s gun had been purchased 30 years prior to Cayman’s death “for personal protection.” When his children were born he bought a trigger lock for the gun, but didn’t throw the firearm away, which he now regrets. In fact, the trigger lock was still in place when Cayman used the gun to end his life; it did not prevent the gun from firing. Farid says he’d forgotten about the gun, and had no idea that Cayman knew about it.
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You’ve probably heard about the National Rifle Association‘s lawsuit against Philadelphia, which challenged several of the city’s gun laws that are more restrictive than Pennsylvania state law. Well, a judge just struck the NRA lawsuit down, ruling that the organization had no standing to bring it in the first place. But even though the NRA had its panties in a bunch, it turns out that availing yourself of the Second Amendment in the city where it was conceived is probably easier than you think. Here’s what you need to know: Read more »
If at first you don’t succeed…
A Republican legislator is trying to revive a bill that would allow third-party organizations like to NRA to sue Pennsylvania towns and cities for having overly restrictive gun laws. An earlier version of the law was struck down in March by a Commonwealth Court panel that said the legislature had passed the bill in an unconstitutionally opaque fashion.
“The court’s decision was based merely on technical procedural rules, meaning that the substance of the legislation itself was never called into question,” Rep. Mark Keller, a Republican from South Central Pennsylvania, said in a memorandum to colleagues. Read more »
A Commonwealth Court has struck down the new state law that let the NRA — and other third parties — sue Pennsylvania cities for their gun restrictions.
The law is “unconstitutional and void,” the court said in Thursday morning’s ruling. Read more »