Pa. House Hearing Eyes State’s Gun Purchase System
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A woman whose son was among the victims of a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school in December is urging Pennsylvania state lawmakers to change a state law that allows private sales of rifles to be conducted without background checks.
Francine Lobis Wheeler spoke Wednesday at a House Judiciary hearing on the background check system.
Wheeler’s son Ben was among 20 first-graders who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The hearing was informational and not related to any specific proposal, although there’s a bill pending in the House to mandate background checks for all firearms purchases.
Pennsylvania State Police officials say the state’s instant check system for gun purchases processed more than 1 million calls last year, a record high since it began in 1998.