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Gun Violence

Special Council on Gun Violence

Signed into effect by Governor Tom Wolf on August 16, 2019, Executive Order 2019-06 established the Special Council on Gun Violence within PCCD. The Special Council is led by PCCD's Chairman and is tasked with studying and making recommendations to reduce and prevent gun violence in the Commonwealth within 180 days of its first meeting, which took place on October 9, 2019.

In October 2019, the Special Council established five stakeholder Workgroups to support is efforts related to the following areas:

  1. Reducing the Likelihood of Accidental/Unintentional Shootings
  2. Combatting Mass Shootings
  3. Preventing Suicide by Firearms
  4. Preventing Domestic Violence-Related Shootings
  5. Reducing Community Gun Violence 

A list of Special Council and workgroup members as well as a summary of a timeline and approach is available below.

Each Workgroup held at least three meetings between November 2019 and January 2020 to review available research, data, and information related to their focus area, and to explore potential recommendations to make to the Special Council for consideration.

Stakeholder Engagement

Between November 15 and December 5, 2019, the Special Council also hosted five public hearings across the Commonwealth to listen and learn from individuals with professional and lived experience and expertise on issues related to gun violence. Nearly 50 individuals provided testimony, and more than 150 participants attended the hearings, which took place in Dallas, Pittsburgh, York, State College, and Philadelphia.  A list of hearing dates and locations is available in the "Meetings and Hearings" section below.

Individuals and organizations can also submit public comments to PCCD's Executive Office by emailing RA-PCCD_ExecutiveOfc@pa.gov.

Report of Initial Findings and Workgroup Recommendations

On January 22, 2019, the Special Council on Gun Violence received a Report of Initial Findings and Workgroup Recommendations outlining key findings and themes from Workgroup meetings, public hearings, and online public comments.

The Special Council will prepare a final report of recommendations for consideration by the Commission at its March 11, 2020 meeting.

Meetings and Hearings

​Meeting​Date​Location
Special Council Meeting​Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.​PCCD, 3101 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA
Regional Hearing – Reducing Likelihood of Accidental Shootings​Friday, November 15, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.​Lemmond Theater, Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street, Dallas, PA
Regional Hearing – Combating Mass Shootings ​Thursday, November 21, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.​William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh, 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
Regional Hearing – Preventing Suicide by Firearms ​Friday, November 22, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.​Board Room, York City School District Administration Building, 31 N. Pershing Avenue, York, PA
Regional Hearing – Preventing Domestic Violence-Related Shootings ​Monday, November 25, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.​Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Regional Hearing – Reducing Community Gun Violence ​Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.​Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, 3500 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
Special Council Meeting ​Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – 1 to 3 p.m.​Dixon University Center, 2986 N 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA
Special Council Meeting ​Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.​PCCD, 3101 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA
Special Council Meeting ​Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.​PCCD, 3101 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA

Membership Lists

Other Resources and Information

Office of Gun Violence Prevention

In addition to establishing the Special Council on Gun Violence, the Governor's Executive Order also named PCCD's Chairman as a senior advisor charged with coordinating and facilitating gun violence reduction efforts in the Commonwealth.  It also established a new Office of Gun Violence Prevention within PCCD that is tasked with coordinating a system of focused police deterrence in neighborhoods and cities where violence is most extreme; working with other Commonwealth agencies and stakeholders on community gun violence prevention; and lost and stolen firearms reporting to law enforcement.  More information on the Office will be posted in 2020.