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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    Jerry Vaughn
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    Jerry Vaughn

    RESIST PA! I;m in Michigan myself …but once it’s started there’s no turning back from these Commie/Libs! VOTE RED!

    Mike
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    Mike

    Absolute crazy and ignorant nonsense! Mary Louise Isaacson (D), Angel Cruz (D), and Mary Jo Daley (D) …can’t even believe this garbage HB0768. I think there are bigger issues that you should focus on like MISMANAGEMENT and abuse of authority in the PA government, ex: the Turnpike. Lets do everything to ensure our criminals rights aren’t infringed in any way and that they thrive. Again we try and take away law abiding citizens rights and make them the criminals, again Absolute crazy and ignorant nonsense!

    Gerri Daniels
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    Gerri Daniels

    They want everyone to go through a background check (4473) on EVERY firearm? This would completely screw up NICS with a major overload of not-needed phone calls. ATF & FBI won’t put up with that much crap.

    Steve Robinson
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    Steve Robinson

    The fuck they won’t. This shit is right up their alley! Those cocksuckers want total control!

    Raven
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    Raven

    According to the current laws…Mary Louise Isaacson (D), Angel Cruz (D), and Mary Jo Daley (D) are all now guilty of SEDITION. They are all attempting to subvert and or overturn the consititution and bill of rights of the United States. These people are all guilty of attempted treason and should be delt with in such a manner as the law instructs. This is the state where the bill of rights was penned…and we as loyal Americans have a duty to defend our nation and our rights. These people are guilty of sedition!

    MRAD
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    MRAD

    Not only that but the Pennsylvania’s Constitution, Article 1, Section 21! “The right of the people to keep and bear arms of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.”

    It sounds like questioning to me!

    Let us law abiding people alone!

    Geary Mcdevitt
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    Geary Mcdevitt

    Gun owners would have to swear under oath?
    F you what about the oath you took to protect our Constitution
    Get OUT of government, you are a treasonous lowlifes.

    Pat
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    Pat

    Our forefathers would have long since been stacking bodies by this point. Much like a restraining order, the constitution is nothing more than a worthless piece of paper without people willing to knuckle up and spill some blood in order to enforce it. These seditious traitors continue to act without consequence and it’s high time we give them a painful reminder that they are not gods.

    FreeJ
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    FreeJ

    I’ve seen a lot of post saying resist! How about let’s do something; something like vote these fools out of office if we get just one voted out the other will fall into line. We need a leader in each city and state to pull the people together and start the process.

    Rick
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    Rick

    That sounds good in theory. However, these morons keep getting voted in by….other morons. It’s a never ending merry-go-round.

    Vilmarie
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    Vilmarie

    Our politicians are traitors and corrupt and when they are running for office they all lie. They need to start following our constitution and not try making laws use what’s in the books already. Registration of guns is not going to control anything you still have the black market. We the people need to raise our voices in Washington and tell them either they fight for us or we will get them out.

    Surly Curmudgen
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    Surly Curmudgen

    The government, no government should ever be allowed to know, to have a list of those who own firearms. Every government should be very aware that it’s citizens are armed without any knowledge of the names of who is armed.

    Glenn Hoffert
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    Glenn Hoffert

    Make a stand on the Capitol steps May 6th. The time is NOW!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/2265080213771352/?ti=as

    Geary Mcdevitt
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    Geary Mcdevitt

    I will be there!

    Greg king
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    Greg king

    We need to start NOW! Tomorrow is too late!!

    Steve Knechtel
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    Steve Knechtel

    Welcome to Canada…a 2nd. Amendment free zone.

    Parsons
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    Parsons

    It has 2 co-sponsors. It is going NOWHERE. Angel Cruz is a legislator that has publicly admitted he has never read the PA Constitution. He is a disgrace.

    NERFnerd
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    NERFnerd

    Regarding the Firearms Registration Act (HB0768) now in the State House, I would pose a simple question: What PROBLEM is solved by this bill should it become law? (Yea, call me old fashioned, but I think laws should solve actual problems.) Is it so the state will know exactly who owns (and who does not own) firearms? Well, it won’t solve that problem! (Let’s forgo the normal pro- and anti-Second Amendment arguments for a moment and look at reality.) We know the criminal element in society doesn’t obey laws. Even guns laws. Especially gun laws! We know that those who… Read more »

    Robert J. Lucas
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    Robert J. Lucas

    Demon-i-crat criminals protecting criminals that also don’t abide by any laws.

    Jim Wiseman
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    Jim Wiseman

    HAHAHAHAHA!

    GRA
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    GRA

    REFUSE TO COMPLY !!!

    Paul Revere
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    Paul Revere

    The red coats are coming! The red coats are coming!

    John
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    John

    This bill is outrageous. These dumacrats need to leave my guns alone. We go threw a background check when we purchase a gun. Why make us go threw another one every year.

    Rock
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    Rock

    Resounding NO here……

    Steve Thomas
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    Steve Thomas

    Read The Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, all of this is lined out in their game plan.

    Mickt
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    Mickt

    Not sure this is going to get by committee anyway. Doesn’t appear to pass the constitutional whiff test. If it does get through…. standby!

    Rodck
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    Rodck

    I hope all the dick heads that voted foe these Democrat a$$ holes have to be the first to register their fire arms!!!!!!

    Henry Staples
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    Henry Staples

    I’m damn glad I don’t live in Pennsylvania. I hope the citizens there have their eyes open and do everything they can to stop this Democrap socialism.

    Edwin Clements
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    Edwin Clements

    Where is Henry Bowman when we need him?

    Ben
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    Ben

    Highly Unconstitutional. Only fools would comply with this.

    Tim Bland
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    Tim Bland

    Ammoland and John Crump, thank you for reporting this story. I am a resident of Virginia and new to reading 2nd Amendment/gun news. Thus far, this is the worst bill I have read about. Sadly and unfortunately, if this bill were ever passed there would be gun owners to abide by it. People that surrender out of fear and cost remind me of those that did so to the British during the Revolutionary War era. I hope Pennsylvanians muster a huge protest.

    Dubi_Loo
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    Dubi_Loo

    RESIST!

    Wild Man
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    Wild Man

    Vote Democrat and die at the hands of the socialist State.

    Ed Sunderland
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    Ed Sunderland

    Exactly, the democrats want to take your guns then make excuses to kill you particularly if you are a conservative or an infant.

    John
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    John

    Registration is simply a gateway to confiscation as NJ gun owners are now fully aware – these law abiding Sovereigns registered their firearms and now with the high capacity magazine ban, the state may knock on their door inquiring what they did with weapon & mags (example if one registered their Glock 23, which has a 13 rd mag, and still in possession of the mag, oops law breaker – and lie to Police – oops more charges!).

    And a break ground check for each weapon? Imagine the collector who has a hundred weapons or so? Whew!

    mike erwin stead
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    mike erwin stead

    politicans who do this are first go if war comes on our country they are the zoombies that will start it we the people will finish it ?stupid puppets bowing down to devils how about your families? nuts

    Erik Latranyi
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    Erik Latranyi

    This is supported by the same people who want felons and illegal trespassers to vote.

    This is supported by the same people who give sanctuary to murderers, rapists and pedophiles.

    This is supported by the same people who despise our nation and wish to create a socialist shit-hole here, like socialism has created everywhere else it has been tried.

    Brad
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    Brad

    “… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Guy
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    Guy

    im Pretty sure this would be protected by the 2nd amendment cause they are basically saying if you don’t register or pay 10$ a year they will confiscate your weapons and that is definitely against the 2nd amendment

    Bill
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    Bill

    Maybe, but tell the people of NJ and Illinois. They already have this nightmare, along with a few other states

    Bill in ILL
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    Bill in ILL

    No registration here in Illinois, yet.

    m.
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    m.

    f the gun-control d-suckers in PA, and anywhere in the US

    It's my life and I'll live how I want to
    Guest
    It's my life and I'll live how I want to

    My opinion this is their way to have the state police (whom may or may not already dislike you) decide if they want ur guns… I know 2 state police officers who dont like me because I didnt let them bully me into a set up, so if I was to go to the state police to register a gun they would deny me everytime… Well atleast at the office in my county… And to start another population control so that when war hits people will be without their guns for protection… It is another way to try and regain… Read more »

    Dave Mayes
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    Dave Mayes

    You sound like a criminal and a real tough guy.

    Glen
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    Glen

    Stfu Dave. Go get a haircut and a job.

    Bill in ILL
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    Bill in ILL

    You sound like an idiot.

    Its my life and I'll live how I want to
    Guest
    Its my life and I'll live how I want to

    Well thanks Dave for ur opinion and assumptions much appreciated… since for starters I am a woman who has been thru hell growing up wit an abusive government father… I am not a criminal… I’m a mom, a construction worker and an electrician … I really wish u the best of luck in life and hope that next time u learn facts before just making assumptions about people because that dont get u anywhere all it creates is unnecessary drama…

    Chris
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    Chris

    You’re outta your mind if you think they wont try it.. the state is close to being run by philly and Harrisburg

    bert
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    bert

    Keep voting DEMOCRAT; and it WILL get worse.

    Danny Frank
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    Danny Frank

    I did not see it but I am sure we have to pay for this thorough fees or taxes. just an excuse to tax a large sector of citizen.

    george johnson
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    george johnson

    Republicans control the House and Senate So we can’t just blame Democrats but this is a Democrat Governor.
    https://ballotpedia.org/Pennsylvania_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

    Stephen D
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    Stephen D

    Democrats proposed it so yes we can blames the democrats. If the state house and senate are republican controlled as you say, then it will never pass.

    Greg H.
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    Greg H.

    This is nothing short of wholesale and un-warranted bureaucratic HARASSMENT of law-abiding gun owners who have committed NO CRIMES, but have become easy targets of gutless coward democrat ‘legislators’ who have neither the nerve nor the will to go after the criminal elements who ARE the problem. We know why, because going after the REAL criminals would impact the already shrinking democrat voter base by creating yet more felons who can’t legally vote for THEM. So far, it looks like it was “introduced” and then referred to the committee on judiciary, likely sponsored by liberal democrat mis-representatives from big-city crime… Read more »

    Alan
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    Alan

    Easy, just keep track of legislators that support this and vote against them. It’s not rocket science, above all, they want to keep their jobs. Remember, politicians don’t have real job skills…

    Glenn Hoffert
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    Glenn Hoffert

    These legislators are from heavily democratic areas.

    JR
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    JR

    Last I checked there was law on the books in PA that it was illegal for any state or local agency to even keep a firearm registry.

    Chris
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    Chris

    They’ll still try this bullshit

    Witold Pilecki
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    Witold Pilecki

    Three words is all you need:
    “DO NOT COMPLY!”

    For those familiar with me, I am sort of an expert, having defied unconstitutional/intolerable acts in my home state since 1994. The authorities have done no enforcement, except during the investigation of another crime, or for a few really stupid people. The state officials know exactly what targeted enforcement would look like and result in, and they are scared shitless to pursue it.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @WP, Hey brother, here are there more words: MAKE NO ADMISSIONS.

    Chief
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    Chief

    Non-compliance is non-violent, period. What is a more decent address to this political crap?

    JC
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    JC

    Three more words
    COME TAKE THEM!!

    buddy R
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    buddy R

    Keep voting those damn democrats in. This is what you get. Vote them out. Your only chance. You know this would be only the start…

    george johnson
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    george johnson

    PA actually voted for Trump in 2016 and Republicans control the State Senate even after losing a few seats in 2018 it’s 110 (R) to 96 (D) seats. They do have a Democrat governor and that is probably PA voters most grievous error in judgement lately.

    Dee
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    Dee

    This is one way to find out who you are, and To find out if you are wanted for a crime. And to fine out how many guns you have.

    Branch
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    Branch

    Unconstituional .To say the least , No way , Fight it , March on the Capitol ..They will never get this done legally ..

    Dave
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    Dave

    And the war inches closer……………

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Dave, Still no logistics, secure comms, leadership element or plan.

    Crotalus Maxximus
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    Crotalus Maxximus

    Are you suggesting that resistance is futile, Bill?

    Dakota
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    Dakota

    Speak for yourself. I belong to my own group if minutemen with all the assets you said are lacking. Organization and training. It must be done at a grass roots level

    Mark
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    Mark

    Gotta feeling this is fake news,,even Dems aren’t stupid enough to do this in pa..they will loose their cushy job.

    Evan
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    Evan

    I can’t find any other info on this other than this article. What is the source?

    Joe
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    Joe

    It’s not legit. It’s false as far as I can see I can not find one single other article pertaining to this. This would be major news topper for sure. It’s more Facebook propaganda to get people fired up for no reason.

    Viper
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    Viper

    It’s real, go directly to the PA House of Representatives site and look it up.

    Jeremiah
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    Jeremiah

    It’s real. And it’s illegal. The Supreme Court already ruled years ago that they can not create or keep a gun registry. They will need to completely remove that part to pass the permit to buy, then I don’t think it’ll stand a chance

    SQWRLZ
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    SQWRLZ

    You gotta be fkn kidding me.
    That’s almost as draconian as NY… and in PA??
    Guess I’d never move back if this went through.
    I really hope this rightfully dies in committee.
    Petition for recall elections, anyone?

    Duane
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    Duane

    Traitors is all I can say

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