Guns & Safety

Senator Collett

Sen. Collett Recognizes Gun Violence Awareness Month with Renewed Call to Action

Harrisburg, Pa. − June 6, 2023 − During National Gun Violence Awareness Month, Senator Maria Collett (D-12 Montgomery) is renewing her call to prioritize public safety and pass popular, lifesaving gun safety legislation in Pennsylvania. She spoke on the issue on the Senate floor on Monday.

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Senator Maria Collett Introduces Legislation to Allow Local Regulation of Firearms on Municipal Properties

North Wales, Pa. – March 11, 2019 – Keeping a major campaign promise to support common sense gun safety legislation, Senator Maria Collett (D-12) introduced a bill memo for co-sponsorship today which would allow local governments, by ordinance, to restrict the presence and use of firearms at facilities they own or operate.

Every Pennsylvanian deserves to live a life free from gun violence. When 1,600 Pennsylvanians die of gun violence every year and 3,000 more are injured, there’s no excuse for our legislature not to act. We must keep our communities safe from unnecessary gun violence. To achieve this, we must:

    Ban Assault Weapons

    We must prohibit ownership of assault weapons such as the AR-15, including its high-capacity ammunition feeding devices, and other accessories, that have become the tool of choice in mass murders.

    Implement Extreme Risk Protections

    Extreme Risk Protection legislation – or “Red Flag Laws” – would allow for courts to order public protection orders if a person is demonstrating dangerous mental health characteristics. Such an order would provide a much-needed protection to the public by temporarily suspending an individual’s access to firearms if there is documented evidence that a person is threatening to harm themselves or others.

    Enact Safe Storage Requirements
    Too many firearm incidents happen because of improperly securing guns to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands, including children or individuals struggling with mental health. Requiring gun locks and safe storage are commonsense prevention options.
    Prioritize Mental Health in Schools

    Recognizing the particular vulnerability that exists in our schools, the PA Senate Democratic Caucus proposes a new requirement that each school must provide school psychologists, school counselors, and school social workers to meet the mental health needs of their students. Offering these services will go a long way toward intervening with students that might commit acts of violence and greatly improve school climate and student performance.

    Expand Universal Background Checks

    While this should be common sense, expanding our current system of background checks to ALL firearm sales is a priority. Currently, certain gun show purchases and person-to-person sales do not require a basic background check. Every firearm sale in Pennsylvania needs to undergo a background check. Period.


    I am proud to have introduced and cosponsored dozens of pieces of legislation that would reduce gun violence in our Commonwealth and ensure every Pennsylvanians’ safety.

    Local Regulation of Firearms

    Senate Bill 903

    This legislation will allow political subdivisions, by ordinance, the ability to restrict the presence and use of firearms at properties and facilities they own or operate. It will only apply if a political subdivision elects to restrict the presence or use of firearms and posts public notices of such restrictions at every public entrance to the facility or property. This legislation will bolster the freedom of local governments and help to keep all Commonwealth residents safe without impeding on Second Amendment rights.

    3D-printed Firearms and Undetectable Firearms

    Senate Bill 48

    This legislation would ensure 3D-printed firearms are subject to the Uniform Firearm Act and would ensure a 3D-printed firearm is considered a firearm for purposes of Title 18. In addition, the legislation would prohibit anyone from printing a firearm without a license from the Federal Government to manufacture firearms.

    3D-printed Firearms and Undetectable Firearms

    Senate Bill 49

    This legislation would amend the Uniform Firearm Act to make it crystal clear that an undetectable firearm or a “ghost gun” is a firearm. From 2019 to 2020, the number of recovered ghost guns in the City of Philadelphia jumped from 95 to 250.  In 2021, 571 ghost guns were recovered, more than double the previous year.  Estimates from the Philadelphia Police Department expect the 2022 numbers to continue to climb through the end of 2022.

    Prohibiting Weapons in Public Parks

    Senate Bill 53

    This legislation would prohibit firearms or other dangerous weapons in public recreation areas. The legislation, which is mirrored after current provisions of law which prohibit the possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapons in court facilities and on school property, would make it a crime to possesses a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a public recreation area. A public recreation area would be defined as a park, recreation center or pool owned or operated by a political subdivision.

    Closing the Gap on Background Checks for Private Long Gun Sales

    Senate Bill 60

    This legislation would eliminate most of the exceptions to the requirement of a background check prior to the purchase or transfer of a firearm. The close familial transfer exception to the background check requirements would remain under this legislation.  This legislation would remove the different background check requirements based off barrel length and require all firearm sales, regardless of the barrel length, be conducted in front of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or county sheriff.

    Permit to Purchase

    Senate Bill 65

    This legislation would require an individual to obtain a firearm eligibility license prior to purchasing a gun. This legislation is a direct response to the devastating gun violence that continues to plague our Commonwealth.

    Assault Weapons Ban

    Senate Bill 200

    This legislation would enact an assault weapons ban in Pennsylvania. Our bill would mirror language that is very similar to what was enacted in Connecticut after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which is considered to be some of the toughest in the nation.

    Specifically, our bill will broaden the scoop of what the state classifies as assault weapons including banning more than 150 gun models. The legislation will also ban the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, as well as provide for a voluntary buy-back program for individuals that currently own firearms that would now fall under this legislation.

    Extreme Risk Protection Order

    Senate Bill 204

    This legislation would establish a system in our Commonwealth for the implementation of Extreme Risk Protection Orders. An ERPO grants family members and law enforcement the ability to petition a court to temporarily suspend an individual’s access to firearms if there is documented evidence that an individual is a threatening harm to themselves or others.

    Divestiture and Investment Prohibition from Assault Weapon Manufacturers

    Senate Bill 214

    This legislation would prohibit future investments by the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS), the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS), the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System (PMRS), and the State Treasurer in any company that manufactures assault weapons (such as the AR-15), large capacity ammunition feeding devices, or assault weapon accessories (such as bump stocks).

    Liability on Sales or Transfers of Firearms

    Senate Bill 220

    This legislation would amend the Uniform Firearms Act (“UFA”) to impose strict civil and criminal liability on any person, licensed importer, licensed dealer or licensed manufacturer who knowingly and intentionally sells, delivers or transfers a firearm in violation of the UFA if that gun is subsequently used in a crime or attempted crime. Current law imposes liability only where the seller has “reason to believe” the firearm will be used in a crime or attempted crime.

    Firearms Safety Training

    Senate Bill 281

    This legislation would require that first time firearm owners receive training in areas of safe handling and storage of firearms, suicide awareness, child access awareness, domestic violence awareness, road rage awareness and prevention and safe interaction with law enforcement while carrying a firearm.

    Repealing Pennsylvania's "Stand Your Ground" Law

    Senate Bill 424

    This legislation would re-establish its “Duty to Retreat” law, which states that a person facing a dangerous threat outside of their home must retreat or try to resolve the situation by non-violent means if it’s safe to do so, with the use of force only legally available as a last resort. “Stand Your Ground” laws encourage gun violence. As such, it is time that we repeal “Stand Your Ground” here in Pennsylvania.

    Secure Storage

    Senate Bill 427

    This legislation would require gun owners to safely store firearms when not under direct control of the owner. From 2005 to 2014, roughly 20,000 American minors were killed or seriously injured in accidental shootings; the majority of those killed in these tragic accidents were aged 12 or younger.

    Secure Storage

    Senate Bill 431

    This legislation would require gun owners to safely store firearms if a person who cannot legally possess a firearm lives in the owner’s residence. Millions of children live in homes with easily accessible firearms. A 2018 study found that 4.6 million minors in the U.S. live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm. In fact, most children know where their parents keep their guns — even if their parents think otherwise.

    Secure Storage

    Senate Bill 457

    This legislation would require safe storage of firearms when children are present in the home. Failure to comply with this requirement would result in a felony of the third degree if the firearm is used in a crime, or if death or grievous injury is caused, or a summary offense (misdemeanor of the third degree if second or subsequent offense) if a child is found in unlawful possession of a firearm. In 2022 there were at least 321 unintentional shootings by children, resulting in 143 deaths and 188 injuries nationally.

    Lost & Stolen Guns

    Senate Bill 461

    This legislation would require lost or stolen firearms be reported to local law enforcement authorities within 24 hours. Requiring lost or stolen firearms be reported to local law enforcement authorities would help to limit the availability of illegally obtained weapons and ultimately make our communities safer.

    Checking-In of Firearms in Municipal Buildings

    Senate Bill 536

    This legislation would require firearms to be checked in and safely stored at municipal buildings in the Commonwealth. Similar to the laws pertaining to courthouses, any buildings which house municipal administrative offices would have to provide a check-in location in which lawful firearms would be safely stored and then returned to the owner upon leaving the building.

    Establishing a 72-Hour Waiting Period for All Firearm Transfers

    Senate Bill 637

    This legislation establishes a 72-hour waiting period for all firearm transfers in the Commonwealth. This is a companion measure to House Bill 1306 of last session.

    Research has shown that waiting period laws reduce both suicides and violent crime. Many studies suggest that most suicide survivors, for example, contemplated their actions for only a brief period of time—often less than 24 hours—before making a suicide attempt. More than 60 percent of firearm deaths are suicides; reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal means is an important part of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.

    Voluntary Do-Not-Sell Firearm Registry

    Senate Bill 641

    This legislation will create a Do-Not-Sell Firearm Registry. The purpose of this voluntary registry is to reduce self-harm and suicides in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The legislation is modeled on Do-Not-Sell Firearm Registry laws enacted in the state of Washington and Commonwealth of Virginia. Similar legislation has been introduced in California, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.

    Reasonable and Responsible Firearm Purchasing Rules

    Senate Bill 672

    This legislation will prohibit the sale or possession of assault weapons for individuals under the age of 21. Members of the armed services would be exempt from this law. This legislation would bring Pennsylvania gun laws in line with Federal law regarding the minimum age of purchasing handguns and would promote safer and more responsible firearm ownership and is a companion bill to Representative Pete Schweyer’s House Bill 717 of the 2021-22 Session.

    Senate Resolution 23 – Gun Violence Survivors Week 2023

    This resolution would recognize the first week of February 2023 as “Gun Violence Survivors Week” in Pennsylvania.