The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. House lawmakers show bipartisan support for Republican gun safety bill amendments

BY: - May 3, 2023

'What I think you saw today is some Republicans willing to work on real solutions to this crisis,' CeaseFirePA Executive Director Adam Garber said.

Relatives of gun violence victims hold pictures of their loved ones at a CeaseFirePA and March For Our Lives rally at the Pennsylvania Capitol on Thursday, March 23, 2023. (Capital-Star photo by Peter Hall)

Survivors’ heartbreak points toward gun violence solutions, advocates tell Pa. House panel

BY: - March 23, 2023

'The Legislature has stood by and watched death after death, shooting after shooting with no action. Today, that changes,' Judiciary Committee Chairperson Tim Briggs said.

Capitol Hill Dems push for federal background checks on ammunition sales

BY: - April 21, 2021

If passed, the law would close a loophole that allows ammunition to be sold with no background checks.


I’m a physician: Pa.’s Toomey needs to lead the fight for universal background checks

BY: - April 18, 2021

As a medical professional, I do my best to protect human life.  Pennsylvania voters elected Toomey to do the same, including by supporting evidence-based gun safety solutions.

Pa. sees record-setting number of firearm background checks

BY: - April 6, 2021

In the first quarter of 2021, the state law enforcement officials completed a record-setting 427,450 background checks alone, according to Pennsylvania State Police data. 


I’m a member of the ‘Mass Shooting Generation.’ Pa. lawmakers need to pass tougher background checks on gun purchases | Opinion

BY: - March 24, 2021

My children will not live in a world where a Black male under 17 dies by gun homicide every nine hours. My children will not grow up in a Pennsylvania where gun violence costs our commonwealth $12.1 billion each year. 


In Harrisburg and D.C., fresh pushes to reduce gun violence. Will they work? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 16, 2021

As he heads for the exits, Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey makes one more push on gun violence reduction.

Philly anti-gun violence activists call on Pa. Sen Toomey to get stronger background checks onto Trump’s desk

BY: - September 18, 2019

Activists prodded called on Toomey to urge his colleagues to take action on the background checks bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn.

Pat Toomey pushed for gun control after Sandy Hook. Can the Republican senator lead again?

BY: - August 18, 2019

Toomey is again attempting to position himself as a consensus builder on a polarizing issue that stands to dominate the discourse on Capitol Hill when lawmakers reconvene in September after a month-long recess. 

How Pa.’s House delegation voted on that gun background check bill

BY: - February 27, 2019

The majority-Democrat U.S. House voted 240-190 Wednesday to approve the first, major piece of standalone gun-control legislation to come before the chamber in two decades. The bill, which requires universal background checks on all firearms purchases, now goes to the Senate for consideration. President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the legislation. Here’s how every […]