Pocopson issues statement on gun safety

The Pocopson supervisors issued a statement on gun safety at their April meeting in response to a request from a Pennsylvania congressional candidate to adopt a resolution on the issue.

Anton Andrew, one of two Democratic candidates for the 160th Pennsylvania House seat, came to the March supervisors’ meeting with a draft resolution. Gun control is one of the issues he is running on, according to Andrew’s campaign Website.

The draft resolution asked townships like Pocopson to “call(s) upon the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the United States Congress to enact laws to reduce gun violence” and listed eight criteria such as preventing people convicted of violent hate crime or having a history of domestic abuse from buying guns and requiring trigger locks in homes where children live.

In the statement, Pocopson’s supervisors encourage the state and federal legislators “to give careful and thoughtful consideration to monitoring the enforcement of existing firearm regulations and the necessity of new regulations related to firearms use, ownership and procurement.”

“The Board of Supervisors does not have legal authority to enact local ordinances addressing firearm use and regulations,” said supervisors’ Chairwoman Ricki Stumpo at the board’s April meeting, reading from the statement. “The Board of Supervisors reminds its residents of the importance of open communication of their concerns regarding firearm regulations to their state and federal elected representatives, who are the elected officials responsible for enacting laws and regulations for firearms use, ownership and procurement.”

The full copy of the supervisors’ statement can be found on at www.pocopson.org.

Stumpo said the supervisors created the statement in an effort to maintain an apolitical stance on the issue.

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