Dangerous gaps in gun regulations remain and we must do more to bring about common-sense gun policy reform.
On October 27, 2018, Pittsburgh was changed forever when a gunman attacked the Tree of Life synagogue in the heart of Dan Frankel’s district. Adding Pittsburgh to the long list of cities forced to grapple with the senseless loss of life caused by a mass shooting did not change Frankel’s position on gun policy reform; as co-chair of the PA Safe Caucus, Frankel has fought for two decades to pass common-sense gun regulations. But it did expose him personally to the wreckage caused when weapons of war are legally accessible.
Frankel will continue to fight for universal background checks, raising the age minimum to purchase guns to 21, empowering family members and law enforcement to petition to temporarily block a person from having guns if they pose a danger to themselves or others, recognizing that responsible gun ownership includes locking up one’s guns and keeping them out of the hands of children, and banning sales of assault-style weapons.
In the face of the Republican-led legislature’s refusal to take up meaningful reform measures, Frankel introduced two bills to allow municipal and county governments to create local laws that reflect residents’ desire to have reasonable limits on gun use and ownership.
As Democratic Chairman of the House Health Committee, Frankel hosted a 2019 policy hearing on “Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis.”
In 2018, Frankel helped to win passage of a bipartisan bill in 2018 designed to quickly disarm domestic abusers.