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State Legislature Passes 'Brad Fox Law'

The law does not implement new restrictions on firearm sales or purchases.

A Brad Fox Law is headed for Gov. Tom Corbett's desk, though it's perhaps not the one some gun control advocates might hope for.

House Bill 898, which imposes a mandatory minimum five-year sentence for the second and subsequent violations of the provisions of state law governing the sale of firearms, was unanimously passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.

The law also permanently revokes any license to sell, import, or manufacture firearms from such violators.

The bill, now known as the "Brad Fox Law," was passed by the state House in April 2011. State Representative Marcy Toepel (R-147), who introduced the bill, said it had taken on "new significance" in the wake of Fox's murder last month. Fox's apparent killer, Andrew Thomas, who was not permitted to own firearms, allegedly purchased the murder weapon from Michael Henry, who is accused of selling nine weapons to Thomas after meeting him earlier this year.

"Straw purchasers significantly contribute to gun violence in Pennsylvania’s towns and cities," said Toepel in a statement released by the PA House Republican Caucus. "I am pleased my colleagues agree that this legislation is needed to better protect residents of our communities across the state."

The law does not implement any new restrictions on the purchase or sale of firearms.

State Rep. Mike Vereb (R-150) told The Times Herald that legislators are planning to have Gov. Corbett come to Plymouth Township for a signing ceremony.

The law would take effect 60 days after Corbett signs it.

Hale October 27, 2012 at 03:57 PM
"...If you obey the law, Brad-Fox will not affect you..." Understood, but it's already illegal to do what this miscreant did. Guy was a prohibited person, and that's already a crime to transfer it to him. Point is, that law's already in place and it didn't stop the crime. We'll see if harsher sentencing solves anything, but I doubt it.
Christy May January 11, 2013 at 01:27 PM
If you read the above it states this law was brought up in 2011 & was just re-named after Bread Fix was shot and killed.
Christy May January 11, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Sorryautocorrect......Brad Fox
John Q. Public January 11, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Paul Revere's famous ride to warn civilians about the government's plan to seize their 'assault' rifles was in vain? Only about 1/3 of the 1775 population supported liberty, the rest either profited from the conflict, or supported firearm's confiscation. History is repeating itself.
Stevi January 11, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Brad was family but I have to agree with Hale. Brad was a Marine who fought for these same rights that many people now want to revoke in his name. How does that honor his memory? What I would like to see is the straw purchasers receiving identical punishment as the perpetrators of the crimes they armed unlawfully the first time around, none of this 'second offense' nonsense.

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