CHESTER – In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, Sen. John Kane of Chester & Delaware Counties has introduced legislation aimed at reducing suicide deaths in PA. His Senate Bill 816 will create a voluntary Do-Not-Sell Firearm Registry to reduce self-harm and suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. The proposal will allow individuals to voluntarily add their own names confidentially into federal and state firearm background check systems to prevent them from purchasing firearms. Health care professionals will be able to share information about the registry with patients who may be at a higher risk of completing suicide. The registry is modeled on legislation enacted in Utah, Washington, and Virginia. Senate Bill 816 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

SEN. JOHN KANE