Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement urging the U.S. Senate to join the House of Representatives in reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.
“I applaud the House of Representatives for standing up for the survivors of domestic violence by re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act,” said Gov. Wolf. “I now call upon the Senate to act rapidly to advance a reauthorization of this critical, life-saving piece of legislation.
“The Violence Against Women Act would strengthen gun safety measures nationally. These safeguards would keep guns from dangerous individuals and protect women against fatal violence.
“Yesterday, an important piece of legislation went into effect in Pennsylvania that made it more difficult for domestic abusers to access guns. But there’s still more we should be doing to keep Pennsylvanians – and all Americans – safe from dangerous individuals who want to use guns to stalk, terrorize or kill their victims. We also need to continue to work at all levels to pass legislation that prevents gun violence through commonsense measures like background checks.”