HARRISBURG – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Lower Paxton) issued the following statement regarding House Bill 2060, legislation recently passed by the state House to protect victims of domestic violence by ensuring their abusers do not have access to guns:
“Lies are being spread about a victim protection bill, House Bill 2060, but anyone who has been a victim, or knows someone who has been a victim, of domestic violence knows these situations are volatile, dangerous and potentially deadly. We all have an obligation to do what we can to help protect these victims, and that is the goal of this legislation.
“Unfortunately, there are some who are claiming this bill is a ‘gun grab’ that violates our Second Amendment rights and allows firearms to be taken without due process. That is absolutely untrue.
“In fact, current law already requires people convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to turn over their firearms. This bill would require relinquishment for all final PFA orders and make the relinquishment time frames consistent for domestic violence convictions and PFA orders – these people would have 24 hours to turn in their guns after a court order. Finally, the bill would prohibit giving the firearms to family members or friends.
“NONE of this would occur without due process. Not a single firearm will leave the hands of anyone without a conviction or final PFA order. Due process rules the day and is the basis of this legislation.
“Rather than fall for the lies and scare tactics being spread by certain groups, people should consider the facts and read the bill which helps protect victims while still protecting the Second Amendment rights of LAW-ABIDING citizens.”