The Columbia County Sheriff's Department weapons storage facility is at 75 percent capacity of its weapons storage, according to Sheriff Timothy Chamberlain. Columbia and other rural counties tend to take multiple guns -- often dozens -- from defendants ordered to relinquish their weapons as part of protection from abuse orders.
Emily is a reporter and newsletter producer for statehouse accountability news organization PA Post, and the senior reporter for statewide public media collaboration Keystone Crossroads. She previously covered city hall for PennLive/The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) and The Press of Atlantic City, after reporting for the Northwest Herald. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
‘We can serve three PFAs and end up with another hundred guns’
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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Department weapons storage facility is at 75 percent capacity of its weapons storage, according to Sheriff Timothy Chamberlain. Columbia and other rural counties tend to take multiple guns — often dozens — from defendants ordered to relinquish their weapons as part of protection from abuse orders.
Some counties are noticing an impact on weapon storage capacity and/or manpower, nearly three months after state law changed to require all people with a final protection from abuse order to turn over their weapons. My full story is here.
On a firearms-related note: Gov. Tom Wolf says he won’t support arming teachers in schools, which is provided for in a bill awaiting his signature. In this story, PA Post’s Ed Mahon and Keystone Crossroads’ Avi Wolfman-Arent looked at that and six other education issues, and where they stand, as the legislature breaks for the summer.
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Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who is running for a U.S. House seat, did his official campaign kickoff yesterday. Rachel McDevitt covered it for WITF.