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Sellersville calls on state, federal legislators to address gun violence


Sellersville Borough Council voted Monday to adopt a resolution that calls on the Pennsylvania General Assembly and U.S. Congress to “enact laws to reduce gun violence.”

The resolution suggests that legislators should, among other measures, ban access to bump-stocks and assault-style rifles; limit the number of permissible cartridges in a clip or magazine; ensure that background checks are required on all gun sales, including online purchases and purchases made at gun shows; and prevent people subject to protection from abuse orders from purchasing, possessing, receiving or otherwise having in their custody or control any firearm or ammunition.

“The borough recognizes the Second Amendment and the rights therein, such as the right to individual gun ownership and the right to self-defense … it also recognizes that said rights are not unlimited, and supports reasonable measures to ensure greater gun safety in the ownership, procurement and use of guns in our society,” the resolution states.

The resolution also indicates that legislators should require lost or stolen firearms to be reported to law enforcement within 72 hours of the loss or theft being discovered. Known or suspected terrorists, and those involved in “violent hate crimes,” should be prevented from access to firearms, the resolution says. Research on gun violence and gun safety technology should be funded, the resolution further articulates.

Sellersville officials say they’re sending the resolution to President Donald Trump, Gov. Tom Wolf, and federal and state senators and representatives.

“The borough wishes to support its police force in its ability to protect the safety of the citizens of the borough without threat from assault weapons or armed criminals,” the resolution says.

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