Dwight Evans on Gun Control



Research the public health consequences of firearms violence

The Philadelphia Gun Court was a seven-year experiment with a specialized court for illegal gun possession, established in 2005. The court handled an estimated 800 defendants annually and featured mandatory treatment elements in addition to enhanced processing speed & intensive supervision protocols, with the ultimate goal of reducing aggregate levels of gun violence in Philadelphia.

There's no good reason why anyone should be storing or leaving guns where a minor is likely to gain access to it. There is no reason that guns cannot, like other consumer products like, say, Aspirin, contain safety features like safety locks for handguns, fingerprint recognition systems, and other measures to keep guns away from children and out of the hands of anyone other than responsible firearms owners. In a Congress that refuses even to allow research on the public health consequences of firearms violence, this may be a tough message to deliver--but Dwight Evans intends to deliver it.

Source: 2016 Pennsylvania House campaign website DwightEvans.com , Nov 8, 2016

Opposes "stand your ground" expansion to self-defense

HB40: Providing for use of force in self-protection, for use of force for the protection of other persons.

Opposition by CeaseFirePA:Pennsylvania amended its traditional law of self-defense to include a so-called "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" provision. Under the Castle Doctrine, the duty to retreat did not apply in one's home. The 2011 amendment removed the duty to retreat when one is outside one's home. The law now allows a shooter to offer an entirely perception-based legal defense with next to no provable, factual elements upon which to base guilt or innocence. Now we really would have a shoot first law--a law that could be used to justify race-based killings & hate-motivated crimes where self-defense was a fallacy.

Legislative outcome:Passed House 164-37-2, Roll Call #189 on Apr/12/2011; State Rep. Dwight Evans voted NO; Passed Senate 45-5-0, Roll Call #180 on Jun/20/11; Signed by Governor Tom Corbett on Jun/28/11

Source: Pennsylvania legislative voting record: HB40 , Apr 12, 2011

Supports gun-control legislation.

Evans supports the PVS survey question on gun control

The Project Vote Smart Voter Guide inferred how candidates would respond to the question, 'Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?' Project Vote Smart notes, "in response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided [for candidates who] refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: Political Courage Test 16PVS_Q10 on Nov 8, 2016

Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer.

Evans voted YEA the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".