Pa. House hearing eyes state’s gun purchase system

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman whose son was among the victims of a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school in December is urging Pennsylvania state lawmakers to change a state law that allows private sales of rifles to be conducted without background checks.

Francine Lobis Wheeler spoke Wednesday at a House Judiciary hearing on the background check system.

Wheeler’s son Ben was among 20 first-graders who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The hearing was informational and not related to any specific proposal, although there’s a bill pending in the House to mandate background checks for all firearms purchases.

Pennsylvania State Police officials say the state’s instant check system for gun purchases processed more than 1 million calls last year, a record high since it began in 1998.

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