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Pa. lawmaker seeks task force on mass shootings

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm •  Published: December 27, 2012
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"So, in addition to looking at the gun regulation proposals that are being introduced, I believe that we must look at proposals to strengthen our mental health laws so that people receive treatment before they commit criminal acts, and we must see if there is more that we can do to combat bullying, including cyberbullying," he wrote.

The Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., left 20 first-grade students and six school professionals dead, making it the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. The Sandy Hook gunman had killed his mother at home before going to the school, and he later committed suicide.

The task force will be asked to report recommendations to the Legislature in a matter of months — perhaps September — so they can be considered in 2013, Greenleaf said.

Other proposals have surfaced in the Legislature to address the same issues.

For instance, Sen. Larry Farnese, D-Philadelphia, wants to ban assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Rep. Todd Stephens, R-Montgomery, supports tougher prison sentences for felons who illegally possess firearms and a requirement that state police share records with a national clearing house to prevent state residents with serious mental health records from buying guns in other states.