Gov. Wolf: First Law to Take Guns from Abusers Goes into Effect

first_imgGov. Wolf: First Law to Take Guns from Abusers Goes into Effect SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Act 79, signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in October 2018, was the first law in Pennsylvania to truly take guns away from the dangerous abusers who use them to kill, terrorize and control. The law goes into effect tomorrow.“With Act 79, victims of domestic abuse will know that Pennsylvania is working to protect them from their abusers,” Gov. Wolf said. “The incidents of domestic violence where guns are involved in our commonwealth prove that this commonsense law is an important step to protect victims of domestic abuse, save lives, and hold abusers accountable for their actions. I thank the many advocates and our General Assembly for passage of House Bill 2060, now Act 79.”Gov. Wolf first called for the General Assembly to pass a package of domestic violence bills in October 2017, including Act 79’s domestic violence gun safety protections. One year later, he signed Act 79, the first law in 14 years to address gun violence.Act 79 includes additional safeguards to help protect victims of domestic violence, including:• New requirements around prohibiting abusers who have been issued a final protection from abuse orders issued after a contested hearing or conviction for misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence from possessing firearms and requires them to turn in their guns to law enforcement agencies within 24 hours while the order is in effect;• Eliminates the concern about simply relinquishing a firearm to a family member or friend;• Allows for the time that an individual is incarcerated not to be counted for the 90 days of a temporary PFA.The Pennsylvania State Police has taken the necessary steps to communicate the changes implemented by Act 79 to its members and is working with external stakeholders, including the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence to prepare for the implementation of Act 79. State Police is also updating the Protection from Abuse Database (PFAD) system so that all law enforcement agencies can access the new forms that are required by the statute.“Act 79 taking effect is a reminder that we need to do more to pass commonsense gun safety reforms, including universal background checks,” Gov. Wolf said. “We owe all Pennsylvanians a safe place to live and we need to continue working together to make that a reality.”center_img April 09, 2019last_img read more

Given insists Hart NOT at fault for Scotland goals and is still England’s No.1

first_imgShay Given has leapt to the defence of Joe Hart, insisting he doesn’t deserve to be axed as England’s first-choice goalkeeper.Having lost his starting spot at Manchester City, Hart is now facing a battle to keep hold of his Three Lions jersey having been criticised for his failure to keep out both of Scotland’s goals in the 2-2 draw in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier.Ex-England captain Terry Butcher has led the calls for him to be dropped and replaced by Jack Butland in the wake of his display against the Scots.But while Given is expecting big things from Butland in the future, he does not believe Hart should be discarded by Gareth Southgate just yet.Given, a former teammate of Hart’s at Manchester City, told talkSPORT: “They were two fantastic free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths.“The media and people on social media are on his case and I don’t see it. Your job as a goalkeeper is to protect your side of the goal and the wall protects the other side. Joe has protected his own side and it has gone the other side, over the wall.“It is inevitable that Jack Butland will be first choice for England. He is a fantastic goalkeeper, he has got a huge future, but Joe is in possession at the top and, for me, they weren’t mistakes against Scotland.“I thought there were two fantastic Leigh Griffiths free-kicks and it is taking credit away from Leigh Griffiths to be honest.”Hart is facing an uncertain future, with Manchester City’s decision to sign Ederson this summer ending any hopes he may have had of playing for the club again.The 30-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Torino, insists he has yet to receive any serious offers this summer, but Given reckons there will be plenty of interest in him.He added: “I would be very surprised if Joe is not in the Premier League next season. Probably not at Man City of course with the new signing they have got but another top club will be looking at Joe definitely.”last_img read more