Wednesday, April 10, 2013
In a bill co-sponsored by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, criminal and mental health background checks would be required for sales at gun shows and online.
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R) and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) co-sponsored an across-the-aisle bill Wednesday that expands background checks for gun buyers. "Criminal background checks are just common sense," Toomey said in a statement on his website. "If you pass a criminal background check, you can buy a gun. It's the people who fail a criminal or mental health background check that we don't want having guns. That can be done without infringing on law-abiding people's gun rights. And we ought to do it." According to USA Today, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act would require criminal background checks for firearms purchased at gun shows and online and penalize states that do not add records of felons …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
It was standing-room only at the VFW Post on Louis Drive in Warminster Tuesday evening for the Concerned Gun Owners of Bucks County Meeting.
Hundreds turned out for the second Concerned Gun Owners of Bucks County meeting. For many, it was their first exposure to the group. Several notable Bucks County officials were in attendance at the meeting, including District Attorney David Heckler, Prothonotary Patricia Bachtle and Sheriff Edward Donnelly. Meeting leader Steve Onufrey said the group was born around a kitchen table by a group of friends talking about the reaction to Sandy Hook. "We are peaceful citizens that believe in the God given right to defend," said Onufrey. "We are standing firm on the second amendment." He said the mission of the group was to educate and inform as well as a call to action. The group met for two hours, including break-out sessions for discussion. …
Friday, March 8, 2013
The investigation into the shooting death of 89-year-old Marie Zienkewicz at the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex found that bullet that killed her was fired from a police rifle.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Bucks County District Attorney says a 'perfect storm of events' led to the tragic police shooting of 89-year-old Marie Zienkewicz.
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said that the accidental shooting by police of an 89-year-old Warminster woman was partly caused by the the non sequential door-numbering system at the apartment complex where she lived. Heckler said that when Marie Zienkewicz opened her door Feb. 20 to help her neighbor during a shootout at the Jefferson on the Creek Apartments, police believed it was the gunman emerging from his apartment. Heckler said the apartment numbering system utilized by Jefferson on the Creek, coupled with a low-light situation, led police to fire at Zienkewicz in what he called "a tragic mistake." Related Content:
Monday, February 25, 2013
Marie Zienkewicz, 89, was devoted to her faith and her family.
Monday, February 25
Marie E. (nee Wade) Zienkewicz, of Warminster, died tragically at her residence Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. She was 89. Mrs. Zienkewicz was the beloved wife of the late Stanley R. Zienkewicz; the loving mother of Stanley R. and his wife, Connie, Donna M. Burke and her husband, Gary, Lynnanne T. Gies and her husband, Bill, and Kevin P. She also is survived by seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Eleanor Keane. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Campbell and Thomas Funeral Home, 905 Second Street Pike, Richboro. Recitation of the rosary will be prior to her funeral Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church at 10:30 a.m. Her interment will follow in Holy Sepulchre …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Marie Zienkewicz, 89, was killed in the exchange of gunfire at the Jefferson on the Creek Apartments Tuesday evening.
The investigation continues into who fired the fatal shot that killed the 89-year-old neighbor of a man who allegedly barricaded himself inside his apartment and engaged in a firefight with police Tuesday evening. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler identified the woman as Marie Zienkewicz, in an report issued by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Zienkewicz was the downstairs neighbor of Andrew Cairns. Cairns was charged with multiple counts related to the incident, including attempted murder and reckless endangerment, on Wednesday. Bail was set at $10 million. Warminster Police Chief Michael Murphy said officers were called to Cairns’ apartment Tuesday evening after receiving reports of shots fired. He said when they approached …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Andrew Cairns pleads innocent to charges of attempted murder after police say he engaged them in a firefight Tuesday evening.
Andrew Cairns was brought to a Warminster courtroom Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary arraignment on multiple charges stemming from an alleged shootout he had with Police Tuesday. Police said Cairns’ 90-year-old neighbor was killed in the exchange of gunfire. Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Matt Weintraub said Cairns knowingly risked the life of up to six police officers when he shot at them, attempting to kill them Tuesday evening. Cairns pled not guilty to District Justice Daniel Finello on charges of attempted murder, assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, multiple counts of recklessly endangering another person and other related offenses. He told the court he has lived in apartment 2004 at the …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
See what Pennsylvania voters think of stricter gun laws and add your opinion.
Stricter gun laws are a topic many people are talking about. A number of local college presidents have signed a letter asking for more gun control, including Jane McAuliffe of Bryn Mawr College, Kathleen Ownes of Gwynedd-Mercy College, Joanne V. Creighton of Haverford College, Daniel H. Weiss of Lafayette College, Peyton Helm of Muhlenburg College, Rebecca Chopp of Swarthmore College, Bobby Fong of Ursinus College and Rev. Peter M. Donohue of Villanova University. Pennsylvania voters think the federal government should have stricter gun laws, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac University. The poll found 60 percent of those polled are in favor of stricter laws, while 5 percent thought the laws should be less strict and 32 percent …