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-( 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 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

  • 462 thoughts on “Firearms Registration Act Introduced in Pennsylvania

    1. Pennsylvania is a reciprocal concealed carry state meaning my concealed carry license from Alaska is supposed to be honored in Pennsylvania and your CCP is honored in Alaska. How will this effect me when I come back to visit?

    2. New York now has safe storage along with several other new laws now the Komadany Cuomo has both houses run by dems. So I’ve decided to carry my sidearm and my back up with me 24/7 even if I’m just watching tv. They’ll be safely stored on my person.

      1. All you gun loving, 2A supporters, take heed, the Libtards are probably close to implementing an eye in the sky/radar detector for catching gun carrying people. Similar to the airport security systems!

        My guess is they’re probably installing them in every major city around the country right now…

    3. Has anyone else considered how “safe storage ” laws are not intended for gun safety, of children, or gun owners, but to keep Constitutional Rights breaking LEO’s safe from getting shot, when the knock down your doors to confiscate your arms?

    4. The more they do this crap the more I hate the dumb ass liberals. Bad enough I have to go through the registration process for every fricking gun I buy in this state. If they had their way none of us would have guns except for criminals and the people that protect these idiots. There are so many gun laws already that it pisses us off but when crimes are committed with a gun the lawyers use the gun portion of the crime as a bargaining chip. There is no way in hell I’m going through all that shit for every gun I have and they think they are coming in my home to check and see if my guns are unloaded or if I have trigger locks they can kiss my ass.
      If they keep pushing with all this liberal crap there asking for trouble. All their stupid attacks on what we can and can’t say, letting males go into female bathrooms, using our tax dollars so some fruitcake can get a sex change while they are in prison, and letting people like the Clintons get away with breaking a massive amount of laws can put people over the edge with frustration. When I was in the military and had a TS clearance I would have gone to Leavenworth for something as simple talking about what I did for my job.
      Definitely going for Trump in 2020 as well as all the other Republicans.

    5. Pa. Constitution states Article I,21. Right to bear arms.
      The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.
      § Article I ,25. Reservation of powers in people.
      To guard against transgressions of the high powers which we have delegated, we declare that everything in this article is excepted out of the general powers of government and shall forever remain inviolate.
      (May 16, 1967, P.L.1035, J.R.1)

      1. Bob I totally agree with you..and so would the democrats (at least at face value!!). Don’t you know how they would answer? “well of course you have those fwedral and state rights, and we are not trying to do away with them or take your firearms..anyone who complies withthis new law will be able to keep their firearms according to the constitution..don’t you want guns to stay out of the hands of criminals? ” blah blah blah

    6. Pa. Constitution states it clearly Article I,21. Right to bear arms.
      The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.
      § Article I ,25. Reservation of powers in people.
      To guard against transgressions of the high powers which we have delegated, we declare that everything in this article is excepted out of the general powers of government and shall forever remain inviolate.
      (May 16, 1967, P.L.1035, J.R.1)

      1. That’s exactly way the Democrats and liberals are trying to dismantle the US Constitution amendment by amendment. They are no better than all the axis powers we fought against all the world wars.

    7. If you do not call your representative or at least mail them, then this is on you for not getting involved. The next step after this is confiscation of firearms. That’s what we are facing unless we stop this now.

      1. This is No JOKE represenative stated they are monumentally hounded by antii gun leftists and are getting little push back from pro gun constituents.and stated this WILL PASS if not met with extreme push back.CALL YOUR REPRESENATIVES. It is no matter that we have a constition that states a right to bear arms. The role has been reversed the Constition no longer protects our rights. We Must Now Protect The Costition so as to protect our rights. Thank the liberl Demacrats for this now constant task rise up and be heard because the anti gunners sure have been

    8. I have a circa 1830 (appx) .44 caliber Muzzle Loader. it has no serial # it was beaten out on some blacksmiths anvil. It still fires but will not use conventional propellant and fires a chunk of lead several hundred yards. How will they register this I ask? LOL Oh by the way I am not in the state of PA


      1. If you look at the chart for last years election you would see that nearly all rural Pennsylvania was voting Republican. However the way the state is broken down for electoral votes, all you need to win are Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. All of which vote Democrat during most elections.

        1. That’s 100% correct. The Democrats went crying because they lost and fixed the election process in their favor. If you can’t win by the proper system why not fix it on your behalf crooked Democrats

    10. I realize it’s hindsight, but if your fathers and grandfathers were worried about losing the 2nd Amendment, they would have lobbied Congress to block the National Firearms Act of 1934.

    11. The well educated people making the laws are of track. Instead of sitting a murder in jail for the rest of their lives on our money taking care of them . Send the message to the people killing people that NO more sitting in prison on our dime will be an option . When a person not the gun MAKES a threat to a law maker they have protection provided we pay for. Capital punishment not sitting on death row for years and nothing happens , tax free , 3 meals a day , roof over their head . TAKE A LOOK AT HOW LONG JOHN Q PUBLIC IS PAYING FOR THAT.

    12. The Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA) is a United States federal law that revised many provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968. As such, FOPA makes it illegal for the national government or any state in the country to keep any sort of database or registry that ties firearms directly to their owner.

    13. progressives seem to love those european democracies.

      let them have an Irish Democracy and see how they like it.

      (an Irish Democracy is when the state passes laws, but everyone ignores them)

    14. I don’t know the chances of this becoming law because I’ve never even visited ANY state E. of Ohio… but I’ll say this:
      If it somehow DOES pass, DON’T COMPLY, RESIST, and if they try to confiscate, and you know they WILL… then FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!

      I’d rather be DEAD than DISARMED… Because death is preferable to slavery!!!

    15. Start massive class action suits against ALL lawmakers who back this. Only way to cripple them is thru their pocket books. We can play the same game as they are playing with NRA. Intimidate them at every townhall meeting, on the streets, at their driveways, dining, churches, flood their email systems, phone retrieval systems, websites. Robocall them, in teir face intimidations.

      1. That’s not how it works. You can file a lawsuit against non-existent future damages.

        You have to let it pass first, then can file an injunction to stop it, or file a lawsuit after implementation with damages demonstrated.


    16. In Illinois the Bolsheviks are creating the infrastructure for confiscation, so they can kick in your door and take your private property by force over a G-D piece of paper called a FOID card

      Welcome to the club Pennsylvania. The numb nuts are in full bloom this year. We have had more gun control passed since January of this year than we had under Obama in 8 years.

      Makes me wonder if The anti-Trump haters want our guns so they can round us up and put us in camps or worse.

      We were fine before the FOID card and the 68 GCA and we will be fine after they are gone.

      Tell the NRA its time to stop supporting gun control and start repealing some G-D laws

    17. Everybody, just report all your guns have been stolen, ammo too. I have places to hide things that I can’t remember..Cosmoline , ziplock bags and concrete bunker. I’ll take the 5th.

      1. I worked ~5 years in the oil patch, so I know how well cosmoline works to protect metal objects, but it requires a solvent to remove it too.. have you ever tried using a soy/? wax instead?

    18. Frankly this bunch horse hockey. If the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania it going to pass laws like this. they have another thing coming. Germany did same thing to it’s people it lead to death of million of people. It time to tell your state representative to vote no on this bill. The state takes way to much money from the hard working and we get nothing in return other than higher taxes and bad roads

      1. Last year at this time were you thinking it likely that there would be an anti Semitic, Somali Muslim in congress?
        Just sayin.
        Watch out for the long game!

      2. God, I pray you are right, if one state passes a bill like this you can be sure it will be a catalyst for others. Dems are never going to stop trying to take away our 2nd Amendment!!!

    19. Sue all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, no state can arbitrarily take away your Federally Guarenteed 2nd Amendment Right! Sue these gun grabbing Democrats for violating your Civil Rights! And hit them where it really hurts, take their Money (especially their Campaign Contrubutions)!

      What’s next demanding that citizens must register with the state and disclose what they plan on saying, before they can exercise their “FREEDOM” of speech!!!!

    20. Only one thing these liberal m f thought it was a good idea to have some nut job Democratic Party in office really I know I voted for no Democratic Party and never will again just trying to destroy America that’s all there doing. Goal turn us in to a third world country and that’s the truth

    21. I’m wondering how they are going to get the gun owners of the Criminal Element to OBEY THIS NEW BILL IF PASSED,…..Should be real interesting to see ,……….!!!!!!!!!!!….I FOR ONE WANT TO SEE HOW THEY PROPOSE TO DO THAT…..!!!!!!!!!

    22. I’m a US Navy Veteran, Pennsylvania Hunter, NRA Member, & Perry County Scumbag. Lexington Concord Baybee, Lexington Concord!! “Cold Dead Hands,” just like Moses said!!

    23. For a person who owns 300 guns: Pay $3000 per year to keep them. Get 300 background checks (all in one day) to verify the first 299 were ok. Is this a joke? Lets just take away guns and people with guns from people who complain about guns. No protection by guns for people complaining about guns. There will be fewer people complaining.

    24. Higher standards of verification for owing a firearm than there is to be eligible to vote ! How about that .Only a
      Demon crat would believe that it is logical . I believe they have lost their minds . No on second thought they have for sure . When someone or something is backed into a corner there are only Two things a person or an animal can do , fight or flight .

    25. I thought the Peoples Republic of New Jersey was on the other side of the Delaware River. I didn’t realise their B.S. floated across to PA. Don’t worry! The overpaid a-holes in the state legislature will do the wrong thing.

    26. Two reps are from Philly and one next door to Philly in Montgomery. Those people have been trying to run PA for years. Wish we could give Philly to NJ and make it part of Camden!

    27. “We’re not coming for your guns”
      Gun owners better get….how do you say it ?……WOKE
      The day they get back to owning the House, Senate and Presidency is when all bets are off. They are tired of pussy footing around the issue and trying to “backdoor” it. It’s now a full frontal assault and nothing but total gun confiscation will do.

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