State lawmakers joined hands on Tuesday to strengthen Pennsylvania's protection from abuse orders also known as PFA's.
State leaders say there are too many people suffering and even dying as a result of domestic violence and one thing they can do is enact tougher laws. Legislators presented four different bills being dubbed the “PFA reform” package. The bills cover topics such as risk assessment, the possibility of allowing judges to extend PFA's, who handles a person’s guns after a PFA is ordered and how long a person has to hand over a firearm.
Officials say in the last ten years more than 1600 people have died in PA at the hands of domestic violence and that number is far too high.