Grant from Pennsylvania attorney general to educate women on dangers of illegal guns

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Officials in Pennsylvania are investing in an educational program aimed at educating Philadelphians on illegal gun purchases, and this program is targeting one group in particular.

A straw purchase is when someone buys a gun for a person who cannot buy one legally, which is against the law.

"Straw purchasing and illegal transfers are serious crimes with serious consequences, including years in prison," explained Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Shapiro said there are more than 30,000 attempted straw purchases a year, with 80 percent of those purchasers being women.

Which is why his office is providing a $123,000 grant to organizations Operation LIPSTICK and Mothers In Charge.

"LIPSTICK stands for Ladies Involved In Putting a Stop To Inner City Killing," said Operation LIPSTICK executive director Tamia Jordan. 

Jordan said they're using the grant to educate women on the dangers of straw purchases.

"We assure that women know the truth. That buying, hiding, or holding a gun for someone who can't own guns legally is a serious crime that fuels neighborhood gun violence, mass incarceration, trauma, injury and death," she said. 

Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight with Mothers in Charge lost her son to gun violence said this partnership and grant is much needed.

"But we continue to do this work, because we want to save other mothers, and grandmothers, and sisters and wives from having to experience the pain that we're living through," she said.