The time for gun violence prevention is NOW.

Release Date: IMMEDIATE (April 4, 2019)

Contact: Colleen Kennedy -

Havertown – Democratic candidate for Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today called for legislative action in Harrisburg and DC for what he called “common sense gun laws to give law enforcement the tools to better protect our communities and families.” 

“One week ago a man walked into a Wawa in Radnor Township armed with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle and murdered the mother of his child. While it is true that laws alone can’t stop every disturbed person from committing a tragedy by misusing a firearm, common sense gun laws are tools law enforcement use to make communities safer. This is a subject I know well, having spent four and half years working to stop gun violence as a federal prosecutor and firearms policy analyst. And if I’m elected Delaware County District Attorney this November, I will use the platform of that office to fight for the following common sense gun laws in Harrisburg and Washington,” said Stollsteimer. 

•           Universal background checks – under current law our national and state background check systems have prevented millions of sales to would be prohibited purchasers, more than 200,000 of those in Pennsylvania.  Unfortunately, too many legal loopholes in these systems still remain.  H.R. 8 currently under consideration in Congress and strongly supported by our own U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, would close those loopholes nationally and must be passed into law this legislative session.  

•           Extreme Risk Protection Orders – similar to protection from abuse orders in domestic relations matters, ERPOs are court orders that allow family members or law enforcement officers to temporarily remove a person’s access to firearms when they are believed to be very likely to harm themselves or others. Currently 14 states have enacted such laws and Pennsylvania can adopt this smart policy by passing Senate Bill 90 into law this legislative session.  

•           Assault weapon ban - assault weapons like the AR-15 are generally high-powered semiautomatic firearms, similar to weapons used by our military services for combat.  Assault weapons have been used in nearly every deadly mass shooting that’s plagued our country since Columbine.  In 1994 Congress passed bi-partisan legislation that banned assault weapons in the United States for 10 years until the legislation expired due to NRA pressure in 2004. It’s time to pass a new, comprehensive assault weapon ban. 

•           Reporting of Lost and Stolen Firearms – Pennsylvania needs to pass legislation requiring gun owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 24 hours of the discovery of the loss or theft. 

•           Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act – incredibly the NRA is now working to stop the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because the legislation would close the “boyfriend loophole” by barring those convicted of abusing or assaulting a dating partner from buying or owning a handgun.  

“Each of these proposals represents common sense policy changes that would great help law enforcement to better protect our communities and to save innocent lives. The time for action is now” said Stollsteimer. 

Jack Stollsteimer is a former Delaware County and Federal prosecutor who also served as Pennsylvania Safe Schools Advocate. For more information about Jack and his 10-point Smart on Crime platform please see:


Colleen Kennedy