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.

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These comments mean nothing. Action is required here. Call, email or visit your representatives office and express your concerns. Then when it’s election time, VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Henry Mcnutt Jr
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Henry Mcnutt Jr

It’s a real shame Pennsylvania’s don’t wake up and start voting out these clowns. The democratic party is now a socialits party and the plan on killing America. Our four farthers put the 2nd Amendment in there for a reason. They forceen this moment and in there own way warned up of it. If the dumicrats get there way if you own a gun of any kind they will take them or arrest you just so they can take over this country. America wake up before it’s to late.

DAVID COMP
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DAVID COMP

THE REAL PROBLEM IS MANY PENNSYLVANIA CITIZENS DO NOT VOTE, THEN THEY ARE THE FIRST ONES TO BITCH AND COMPLAIN WHEN SHIT LIKE WHAT THESE MORONS ARE TRYING TO PASS GOES THRU…..

Ralph
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This doesn’t affect any criminals only makes criminals out of ordinary people another feel good legislation that does nothing to prevent gun violence but will make gun owners victims of another very bad law being forced on every one that will not have any effect on criminals. Legislators don’t have a clue about gun violence and only seem to want to take away people’s right’s. This makes them feel powerful. This is what a tyrant government is. REGISTRATION LEADS TO CONFISCATION. VOTE THE ASSHOLES OUT OF OFFICE

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Donald Knauff

I hope Dems never get a person in White House ever and the party in house and Senate gets term li mits 2 terms and your out just like president.all Dems want to do is take our freedoms away and make this country a socialist country. Wake up voters or we will have no freedom to do anything.

Mike
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Mike

Dems aka DIms pandering to some constituents in the hopes they will garner enough support to continue their mislead political views by forming laws to suppress freedoms. All while they themselves encourage breaking immigration and other laws. UnAmerican, they should be ashamed.

J
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J

This is what happens when you vote Democrat. You MUST vote straight REPUBLICAN ticket.

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Bob Z.

HB 0768 is BULL SHIT !!! The democrats need to focus on the real Criminals to get the guns out of their hands and quit trying to take the law abiding citizens protection away from them.Any law abiding citizen that purchased any guns,have already gone threw a registration.The proposed $10.00 per gun,per year fee is absurd.

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MICHAEL A CROGNALE

“It is unclear how these Democrats plan to deal with this reality.” They don’t. The whole point is to establish a foothold towards banning private ownership of firearms. These democrat traitors need to be dealt with permanently. Ballot box next year.

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m.

got’s to mess with the law-abiding while letting the slime-ocrats run free

m.
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m.

as in nj, gun control = a**hole – no matter who is involved

Mac
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Mac

Another insane attempt to saddle gun owners with Unconstitutional barriers and expenses to possess their legally obtained property. These legislators deserve defeat in their next election cycle.

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Another law that’ll make law abiding citizens criminals if they don’t register their firearms, secure their firearms properly, transfer any of their firearms and have 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.. 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… Read more »

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