PA Governor Tom Wolf, signs executive gun order

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Pennsylvania’s governor put pen to paper on Friday in an effort to reduce gun violence in the state. The Governor signs an executive order to reduce gun violence in Pennsylvania.

Many supporters say this order – is the first of its kind.

Nothing like it ever enacted by a president, governor or mayor in the United States.

The order contains five key parts:

creating a special council on gun violence, installing new oversight and data sharing, reducing community gun violence, combating mass shootings, and halting domestic violence-related and self-inflicted shootings.

A few of the highlights from the detailed order include a review of the current background check process, expanding and supporting gun buyback programs, monitoring hate groups and white nationalists, and building on current mental health stigma campaigns.

in response to governor wolf’s executive order – house republican caucus spokesman mike straub tells fox43 in part quote: “we must examine the root cause of violence, distress and mental illness in our communities before we force changes upon the millions of pennsylvanians who legally and responsibly own firearms and obey our laws.”

Governor Wolf would not say how much this executive order will cost – but says the majority of expenses will come out of the operating budget for the Pennsylvania commission on crime and delinquency.

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