News: Statements

August 24, 2022

STATEMENT: AG Shapiro On New Federal Ghost Gun Regulations Now In Effect In Pennsylvania

“My office has been sounding the alarm on ghost guns and how they’re becoming the weapon of choice for criminals for years. We tried, through a legal opinion from our office, to implement background checks for these untraceable weapons in 2019 but were quickly blocked from doing so by litigation from the gun lobbies. For years convicted felons, violent drug dealers, have all been able to buy these guns at gun shows without a background check. With these new federal regulations taking effect today and being implemented in our Commonwealth, we are making it harder for gun kits to end up in the hands of criminals and easier for law enforcement to track crime guns in their investigations. All this helps make Pennsylvania communities safer.”

PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro Releases Statement on SCOTUS Decision, Overturning Roe v. Wade

June 24, 2022

“The Dobbs decision will go down as a shameful moment for our country and for the Court. Today, five Supreme Court Justices upended fifty years of settled law and subjected the health and private lives of millions of American women to the whims of politicians.

AG Shapiro Statement on Upcoming White House Announcement on Policing Reforms

May 25, 2022

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is releasing the statement below ahead of the expected announcement this afternoon by the White House on executive orders being issued to address police reform in the United States.

STATEMENT: AG Shapiro On Biden Administration’s Announcement To Close Ghost Gun Loophole

April 11, 2022

“For years now, violent, convicted felons have been able to go to a gun show, buy an 80% receiver, and have it fully assembled and on the street in under an hour — all without a background check. I have long sounded the alarm that ghost guns are quickly becoming the weapon of choice for criminals and tried to shut the ghost gun loophole in Pennsylvania – only to be tied up in litigation for years by the gun lobby and ghost gun manufacturers. I have called on the Biden Administration to take action and today, those calls were answered. While I know this is only one part of the solution, having these kits and parts regulated will make it illegal for them to be sold to criminals and will assist law enforcement in investigations into crimes committed with these guns.”