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Pennsylvania has a mix of strong and weak gun laws. It has addressed the Charleston loophole to give law enforcement enough time to conduct background checks. It has also passed legislation to combat domestic gun violence. However, the state has stalled passing comprehensive background checks on all firearms and extreme risk protection order legislation.

1,574 In an average year, 1,574 people die by guns in Pennsylvania.
21x In Pennsylvania, Black people are 21 times more likely than white people to die by gun homicide, compared to 10 times nationwide.
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Gun Sense Governor Tom Wolf has championed numerous gun safety initiatives. He has declared gun violence a public health crisis, promoted a culture of responsible gun storage, and advocated for increased funding for gun violence prevention programs. The Pennsylvania Attorney General has also issued a legal opinion defining DIY ghost guns as “firearms” in order to ensure that background checks are required upon purchase.

To become a safer state, Pennsylvania can enact extreme risk protection order legislation, ensure background checks are required for all firearm sales, and pass comprehensive ghost gun legislation to regulate untraceable and undetectable weapons.

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