PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 19, 2012) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today announced that he is introducing common sense gun legislation that will ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in Pennsylvania.

“Words cannot express the sadness and anger that we as a nation are feeling right now. My thoughts and prayers, and those of Philadelphia and the nation, are with the families of Newtown, Connecticut,” said Farnese. “Last week’s massacre, and the similarly horrible tragedies that have occurred over the last few years, have been happening more and more frequently in the United States and they need to stop. So, in order to begin curbing gun violence in our state, I’m introducing common sense legislation that will ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in Pennsylvania.”

In addition to his current legislation, the Senator is planning to re-introduce legislation for the 2013-2014 legislative session that would close the Florida Loophole, set a mandatory, minimum sentence for carrying an illegal firearm, temporarily bar someone who has been charged with a violent felony from purchasing or possessing a firearm, and correct sentencing differences between adults and juveniles for serious offenses to greatly reduce firearm straw purchases.

This is the first time the Senator introduced a bill to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines in Pennsylvania, but it is not his only effort to remove these dangerous weapons from the streets. During the 2011-2012 legislative session, the Senator had drafted a similar amendment.

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Senator Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport. Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, the Law and Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee. His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662). More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at www.senatorfarnese.com.