Firearms Registration Act Introduced in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania state Democrats introduce HB0768, known as the Firearms Registration Act.
Pennsylvania state Democrats introduce HB0768, known as the Firearms Registration Act.

Harrisburg, PA-(Ammoland.com)- A new bill introduced in Pennsylvania would establish a gun registry within the state.

HB0768 is known as the Firearms Registration Act. The Democrats that introduced the bill were Mary Louise Isaacson (D), Angel Cruz (D), and Mary Jo Daley (D). Last Friday, the General Assembly referred the bill to the committee on judiciary.

The bill would require gun owners in the Keystone State to register their firearms with the Pennsylvania State Police. Owners would have to provide the police with the make, model, and the serial numbers of all their guns.

Along with the application that the gun owner must swear to under oath, the gun owner would have to submit fingerprints, two photographs that are no older than 30 days and go through a background check for each firearm that they own. This background check is the same one that they must go through to purchase a gun.

In addition to this requirement, they must also provide the Pennsylvania State Police with their home and work address, telephone number, social security number, date of birth, age, sex, and citizenship. This requirement is more information than a person needs to vote.

If the State Police rejects the person's application, then they will have ten days to appeal the decision. The owner must turn their firearms into the State Police within three days of receiving notification of the rejection. If a person does not appeal the decision within ten days, their right is forfeit.

A gun owner cannot transfer any unregistered firearm. Anyone caught with an unregistered gun is guilty of a crime even if they are unaware of the firearm registration status. Also just holding an unregistered firearm at a range is a crime.

The gun owner must keep all firearms unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock. If a firearms owner doesn't secure their firearm that way, they would be guilty of a crime. This rule even applies to homes with no children.

The gun owner has 48 hours to update the State Police if they change jobs, phone numbers, addresses, or anything else on the application. If they do not update the State Police, then they could be prosecuted for violating the law.

The certificate which will cost $10 per firearm will expire after one year. The gun owner would have to start the process over again to renew their certification. This process must be done 60 days before the certificate expires. The procedure can get confusing for gun owners with large collections.

The bill makes no mention of how the state will enforce the law.

Other states that have tried gun registration and bans have seen limited success. New Jersey has had zero magazines turned in since their magazine ban went into effect.

New York saw nearly one million firearms owners defy the state law to register their “assault weapons.” The same thing played out in Connecticut when only 50,000 out of 350,000 registered their semi-automatic rifles.

Expanding a registry to all firearms will be impossible to enforce without conducting door to door searches of houses. It is unclear how these Democrats plan to deal with this reality.

None of the bill’s sponsor responded to our request for comment.


About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.

  • 394 thoughts on “Firearms Registration Act Introduced in Pennsylvania

    1. This is our right to bare arms as our own protection, its in the constitution. We are to be a free country, taking that right away does not make this a free country. The Democrates want to control and make this a socialism country. These gun owners are typically your average, hard working, law abiding, American who use guns for hunting, and to teach our children about the sport of wild life. Why do you want to take that away. If you want to protect the people of this country, BUILD A WALL. start there.

    2. This Law is ridiculous! Looks like a money grabber–Typical Democrat! This Law is intended to legally eliminate Guns from the public. The “BUREAUCRACY” is so challenging frustrating and complicated that the Lawful Citizen will either defy the Law or just give up his or her guns, which is the desired outcome of Democrats!!!! Those 3 women should be impeached! READ THE SECOND AMENDMENT STATES IMPOSING SUCH UNCONSTITUTIONAL STIPULATIONS!!

    3. James Madison “Deliberately itemized” (Enumerated) all areas government could govern as a means to keep them from “Legislating” anywhere in the area of “Rights/Freedoms” of citizens.
      And then “Itemized” some of those Rights/freedoms in the Bill of Rights so nobody would have any doubts, Plus some states refuse to ratify the Constitution with a Bil of Rights.
      Point being, according the interpretation of Law, Government has “ZERO” authority to legislate “ANY LAW” outside the “Enumeration” of powers granted to Government, this includes the States as well.
      “When rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them. [Miranda v. Arizona, 384 US 436, 491.]
      “The assertion of federal rights, when plainly and reasonably made, is not to be defeated under the name of local practice. [Davis v. Wechsler, 263 US 22, 24.]”

      “”The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no election.”
      West Virginia State Board of Education v Barnette, 319 US 624, 638; 63 S Ct 1178; 87 L Ed 1628

      James Madison, who wrote the “Bill of Rights”, in “Federlist Paper 46”, explained the “intent and purpose” of the “Second Amendment”,
      and that was so citizens would always have “Guns” to overthrow any government that might become tyrannical.
      Hamilton confirmed this.
      Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist Papers No. 29, wrote,
      “Since the fear of the people was that the federal army would usurp the people’s liberty, it makes sense that the intent is for the people to be allowed to keep and bear arms at all times”.

      Of course a gun is just a piece of scrap metal in the hands of someone without the courage to use it.

    4. 1) , Infringement , Plain and simple ,
      2) , $10.00 per gun per year ? = Large revenue generator !!!
      3) , Also have to count the large revenue that will be generated just through accidental infractions by way of the fines and fees and court costs , and through the lawyers that will have to be retained . Of which several will probably be democraps themselves !
      4) , Registration , “Almost” , always leads to “Confiscation” !

      This is of course Just My Humble Opinion .

    5. They want us defense less so they can do what they want. First its killing babies, now its killing all of us. This is their plan. They disarm us and give the okay for Muslim jihad against us.

    6. It’s not the guns that kill, it is the idiots using them. Why don’t the make everyone have an evaluation to see if they are sane. Line everyone up to have this done. Maybe the Democrats could find enough doctors to do this.

    7. Pennsylvania State Constitution, Aricle I; Section 21:
      “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.”

      All supporters of this bill are traitor’s to their oath of office and their authority is void. Sic Semper Tyrannis.

    8. The only thing this law will accomplish is to make well meaning, law abiding citizens into criminals. They will have nothing more to lose if they ignore the law. Where do they intend to imprison all those that are overnight criminals because of this law. At some point those they expect to enforce this ridiculous law will have to jump ship. There is a law that says the military cannot be used against the citizens, They are forgetting our military is made up of regular citizens who can and no doubt will rebel against the government to protect their freedoms and their families, after all that’s why they are soldiers in the first place. When they push the citizens to surrender their basic rights anarchy is soon to follow. Government will be the first fatality in the uprising and the feeble democrats will be like fish in a barrel, ripe for the taking.

      1. YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!
        DO THE ILLEGALS AND MUSLIMS HAVE TO REGISTER ALSO? SEEMS TO ME THIS HAPPENED IN GERMANY BEFORE WW2.

    9. Laws like these are designed to inch us closer towards a civil war. They know people won’t give them up. The excuse is needed to break the eggs for their omelet. The question is, can they handle the reality of what would unfold. All who pass this law, themselves, are putting their names on a list. That’s a question to ask them. “Do you know what you’re signing on to?” They seem to feel impervious and above the law of the land.

    10. Good thing I do not live in Pennsylvania as i would have to send the politicians a photo of the bird being flipped to them with a quote. “NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!”

      People had better use better judgement in who they vote for and pay close attention to the polls so that dems cannot cheat. We are living in Orwell’s “1984”… It only goes down hill from here!

    11. it say we have to swear, I guess to tell the truth, yea right just like the politicians swear to uphold the constitution, maybe our swearing means the same as theirs, not shit !

    12. Someone Please tell me ” just what are people thinking ” this is another way for our government to control everything we do ! I WILL NOT FOLLOW ANY MORE GUN LAWS !!!!!! IF THEY COME FOR MY RIGHTS THEY BETTER BRING A LOT OF BODY BAGS !!!!!??

    13. crack-whore legislators will do anything, but they can’t be easily arrested & removed from their place of business, like “other” crack-whores

    14. It is very possible that the NZ Mosque shooting was another psyop designed to get people to turn in their guns. At the 12 minute mark in the go-pro film, after the supposed perp left the mosque, he got back in his car and drove thru to he neighborhood. At one point he shootsthru his front windshield at people on the street, and the gun goes bang, but the glass doesn’t break. There is something very funny about that. And then today the news comes out that the authorities in NZ made it against the law for anyone there to have a copy of that film. Now, why would they do that ? They don’t want people examining it for further anomalies ?

    15. I am not a gun owner, but a farm girl raised with guns in the house which were used for hunting. I am appalled by the idea of this bill which does nothing to curtail crimes but penalizes lawful gun ownership. As the daughter of a World War II veteran and sister of a Vietnam era veteran and granddaughter 5 generations removed from the Revelutionary War, of two grandfathers who served; guns have always symbolized freedom and food to me.
      When our young people are not taught our real history and the truth about our country, life under other forms of government is not understood. Gun registration was part of what led to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis in the 1930’s.
      A bill promoting a factual study of US history makes more sense to me.

    16. Another hidden Tax for PA . We Pennsylvanian have the chance every few years to get rid of these idiots but they win on the inner city votes Pittsburgh and Philadelphia alike because of the promise of Free Free Free etc… We as citizens citizens of the Republican Party have to unite somehow someway and stop this madness now . This is not a BLACK or WHITE issue this is issue that the Democratic Party has gone totally insane and are willing to strip its law biding of the Right to defend themselves against the people they say are ok to take refuge in this State . Vetting my ass . Wake the heck up PA

      1. Spot on brother. I actually moved to PA to escape communist new york, So sad to see our rights being infringed upon here also.

    17. The problem with Democrats is they don’t seem to understand that criminals don’t follow laws. This law would benefit nobody. Enough already. Stop the witch-hunt.

      1. criminals do not follow laws… that is true and the biggest criminals we have in America are Demoncrats….they do not follow or fall under the law… AOC rifles millions in campaign funding fraud gets dirty looks from those in DC and Dinesh Dzsouza gets 9 months in prison for having others donate, not knowing it violated an obscure law…

        When you have two sets of laws…one for conservatives and one for hellions on the left you have tyranny. We are living in Orwell’s “1984”…

    18. Unbelievable. PA is trying to become the next CA, MA or NY?? Repressive and too restrictive/onerous!! Pennsylvanians! Don’t let this happen to YOU…and us.

    19. This is insane!!!!! This doesn’t take criminals off the streets this will not do anything but hurt legal gun owners!!!!!!

      1. Its not meant to stop criminals. Just us law abiding gun owners. They can take their bill and fucking stick it. I don’t think it will pass. Even if it does, good luck enforcing it!!!!!

    20. The State should ban the real problem “Democrats”. How can you leave in PA and vote for a democrat? Making rules as they go. Gun Tax, Gas Tax, Vehicle Tax, Emission Tax, on and on…… When does the bleeding stop! Wise up people of the Commonwealth Vote them out of office.

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