Wolf signs tougher rules for guns

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

HAR­RIS­BURG >> A new law is on the books in Penn­syl­va­nia re­quir­ing those con­victed of mis­de­meanor crimes of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or sub­ject to pro­tec­tive or­ders to give up their guns within 24 hours.

Demo­cratic Gov. Tom Wolf late Fri­day signed the leg­is­la­tion that takes ef­fect in six months.

The bill, which passed both cham­bers of the Repub­li­can-con­trolled Leg­is­la­ture, ends the prac­tice of let­ting sub­jects of pro­tec­tion from abuse or­ders give their weapons to fam­ily mem­bers or friends. The law re­quires they be handed over to po­lice, a gun dealer or lawyer.

Judges could agree to an ex­ten­sion, or the per­son ask­ing for a PFA could agree to let the per­son keep guns.

The law pre­vi­ously al­lowed up to 60 days to re­lin­quish firearms.

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