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Pennsylvania House hearing eyes state's gun purchase system

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 17 2013 03:45:33 PM CDT
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

A woman whose son was among the victims of a mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut in December is urging Pennsylvania 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.

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, Pennsylvania State Police officials said.