Two major gun control bills passed the Democrat-controlled Pennsylvania House on Monday.
HB 1018 is a red flag bill that would allow a judge to instruct law enforcement officials to seize firearms from someone if asked by family members or police, according to Erie News Now. The bill could allow police to remove legally possessed firearms from anyone deemed to pose a threat to themselves or others.
The bill passed 102-99. Representatives Joseph Hogan and Kathleen Tomlinson were the only two Republicans to vote in favor of the bill. Democrat Rep. Frank Burns was the sole Democrat to vote against it.
HB 714, which passed 109-92, would require background checks for the private sales of long guns.
Nine Republican representatives – Hogan, Tomlinson, Sheryl Delozier, Valerie Gaydos, Kristin Marcell, Robert Mercuri, Natalie Mihalek Stuck, Martina White, and Craig Williams – voted in favor of HB 714. Burns was the only Democrat to vote against the measure.
The bills will likely face challenges in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 28-22 majority.
A third bill, requiring the reporting of lost or stolen firearms, failed 100-101.