Law imposes mandatory minimum sentence for second time "straw purchasers."
Before Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett ceremonially signed the "Brad Fox" bill into law Friday, he first made a stop to understand the full weight of its importance. The governor entered an industrial section of Plymouth Township, retracing the route of a high-speed pursuit that took place not four months ago, and turned a corner to walk parallel with the county bike trail. A few hundred feet away he came across a collection of hockey sticks and hockey pucks, flowers and flags, memorializing the spot where Plymouth Police Officer Bradley Fox drew his final breath. The governor then met with law enforcement and with Fox's family, including wife Lynsay, her belly healthy and round with Brad, Jr., less than two months away from his …
The law does not implement new restrictions on firearm sales or purchases.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
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 …