On Monday, I made a difficult vote against moving forward with a proposal for a gun store buffer zone. I want to let you know why.
I’ve done a lot of research on the legality of this proposal, and it is not clear whether or not it is legal. There is little precedent in Pennsylvania for such an ordinance and defending it in court would likely cost our taxpayers a significant amount.
Regardless, I would have voted for the ordinance if I thought it would make a difference in protecting our kids from gun violence. The proposal, however, does not prevent guns from getting into the hands of the wrong people.
The frustrating reality is that there is little we can legally do as a township to combat gun violence. Our state and federal lawmakers are the ones with the legal power to act. I continue to call on them to pass common sense gun reform to keep our kids and community safe.