Jake Corman

Wolf pushes to end 'gun show' exception to background checks

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday asked the Legislature to pass a measure expanding background checks on firearms in Pennsylvania and end an exception for private sales of shotguns, sporting rifles and semi-automatic rifles, known as the "gun show" loophole.

The Democratic governor appeared at a news conference in his Capitol office with officials from the Pennsylvania State Police supporting his call for action as lawmakers consider firearms-related measures in the wake of February's Parkland, Florida, high school shooting that killed 17 people.

Wolf is pushing for the passage of what he called "commonsense" gun safety laws "so that we can give back the...