There is no "silver bullet" to fix gun violence in our state -- particularly our urban centers. As such, Harrisburg must identify and pursue those initiatives and policies that can effectively prevent gun violence. For example, researchers have confirmed a relationship between substance abuse and propensity toward violent behavior. Since 1995, Pennsylvania law has acknowledged this connection by prohibiting gun ownership to any person who has more than three DUI convictions within a 5-year period.
Tony knows if a person cannot responsibility operate a vehicle, it is not reasonable to trust that individual with a semi-automatic firearm. As governor, he would support legislation that would prohibit any person with more than one DUI conviction from owning or possessing a firearm.
In 2005, he proposed and obtained state funding for the creation of an illegal gun task force to crack down on the illegal sale and transfer of firearms -- taking the view that an illegal gun sale is a potential gun crime in the future. This initiative, which has evolved to the Philadelphia Gun Violence Task Force, has been widely credited with substantially reducing gun related crimes in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Tony firmly believes that this program should be expanded throughout the Commonwealth, directing our law enforcement resources to identify and crack down on illegal gun transfers and possessions, thereby preventing future gun violence and still protecting the rights of lawful gun owners.