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Do You Know the Gun Law in PA?

In Pennsylvania, state police run the background checks. Last year, they ran nearly a million. There is no waiting period in Pennsylvania, so once you pass the background check, which can only take a few minutes, you can buy a firearm. You do not have to register your gun in Pennsylvania, but state police do keep a sales database using the serial numbers on the guns. There is no limit on how many guns you can buy.

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Distracted Driving Citations on the Rise in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving which includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message or e-mail, and from wearing or using headphones or earphones while the car is in motion. Distracted driving citations increased by 43% statewide between 2014 and 2015 – with more men being cited (67%) than women… Continue Reading

Traffic Citations in Pennsylvania

According to this data, last year, one in 10 drivers received a traffic citation. And by these statistics — slow down if you are a male between the ages of 20-29 driving a black car in the Spring! Data collected by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts shows more than 5.6 million total traffic violations were issued… Continue Reading

Decriminalizing Mental Illness

Over the last 30 years, the U. S. prison system has become home to more than 350,000 individuals living with a severe mental illness — that is 10 times the number of patients that receive treatment in state psychiatric hospitals. Our under-resourced, and overcrowded jails and prisons are not equipped to support these individuals, and… Continue Reading