HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Senate is giving unanimous approval to a bill to force people with a domestic violence ruling against them to more quickly forfeit their firearms.READ MORE: 'I'm Not Willing To Go Through This Again:' Woman Diagnosed With Tinnitus After COVID Vaccine
The Senate’s 50-0 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the House. Domestic violence- and gun violence-prevention groups support the bill. It passed after changes negotiated by gun-rights groups.READ MORE: Kenny Pickett Passes Dan Marino For Most Career Touchdowns
Under the bill, people convicted of a domestic violence crime would have 48 hours to give up their firearms to a law enforcement agency, a federally licensed firearms dealer or their lawyer. Under current law, people convicted of domestic violence have 60 days and can give their guns to a relative, friend or neighbor.
In addition, defendants in final protection-from-abuse cases would have to hand over their guns in 24 hours. Current law leaves forfeiture to a judge’s discretion.MORE NEWS: Fire Breaks Out At St. Vladimir Ukrainian Church In Arnold
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