Turncoats everywhere. ————————————————————————HARRISBURG — State Sen. Tom Killion, R-9, led a Mom’s Demand Action rally, Monday, at the rotunda at the state Capitol, to urge state House members to pass House Bill 2060.
HB 2060 would require relinquishment of firearms within 24 hours of when a protection from abuse order is issued.
Killion is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 501, which passed in the Senate 50-0, on March 21. The House was poised to consider a vote Monday afternoon. “We must get guns out the hands of abusers,” Killion said, Monday. “Victims of domestic violence are living in fear. “The longer we wait, the more gun violence will endanger women, children and law enforcement. We need to finally get this bill to Governor Wolf and save lives. Waiting any longer is unconscionable.” The House on Monday was considering passing similar legislation to Killion’s bill, HB 2060, which is sponsored by state Rep. Marguerite Quinn, R-143, of Bucks County.
If HB 2060 passes the House, the Senate will have this bill assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. The House currently has Killion’s bill sitting in the House Judiciary Committee.
In June of this year, police allege Charles Williams shot his wife, Stephanie Williams at their 302 North Five Points Road home, leaving behind two young twin children. At the time, Stephanie Williams was in the process of obtaining a protection from abuse order against her husband. Before the murder, police had visited the house numerous times on domestic violence calls. Williams kept guns in the house. “If police are aware of a dangerous and volatile situation with guns involved, why can’t the guns be removed by law for 30 days or until things settle down,” said Ryan Smith, a friend of the Williams family. "But this is a gun control issue, and it is a hot topic in today’s society.” Tom Buglio, West Chester gun violence prevention activist, has fought for common sense gun laws.