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. Wtf I just left NJ which was liberal hell. Now this state is headed that direction. Read up on the redistricting that happened last year. Could flip the state blue. Can we ever get away from these liberal morons?

    2. says, to boldly plagiarize another commenter, -all in the defense of our RIGHTS mind you,..
      I want to again point out the very most important POINT of all that MUST be done:

      >>>> “…these lawmakers, having knowingly violated the civil rights of Pennsylvanians with this legislation, should be personally sued under RICO provisions. There has to be a personal price paid by these authoritarians when they lose unconstitutional actions, as their “lawfare” is merely intended to gain them cheap votes while bleeding conservative Americans dry trying to fight them in court. Even if they lose in court, they win by “process”. They can use the authority of their office all day long to pass such unconstitutional bills, and flood the field using taxpayer dollars, while conservative opposition pay with their own, hard earned dollars to defeat them. We’ll never win like this, against lawyers with an unlimited, government purse.” <<<<

      WHERE is the NRA, GOA, NAGR, and yes LEGISLATIVE WATCH -to step forward with strong lawsuits against these OATH breaking 'lawmakers' DELIBERATELY writing such obnoxious 'legislation' that they know full-well VIOLATES the BILL OF RIGHTS? This crap must be STOPPED

    3. Am I reading this correctly that this law would take our right to carry on our person a loaded gun and our ability to conceal or guns on our person as well. I will not comply with this as I feel safer with my gun as I live and work in a city that has drive bys, shotting and murders andmany of its resdents will not go out after dark bc they are to afraid of getting jumped, shot and or anything else. I am a sigle woman it is the only way Have to protect myself.

    4. Unfortunately, Pa general assembly may soon be dominated by Democrats. The Pa district court unlawfully drew redistributing lines for the US Congress and my district almost lost Mike Kelly!
      Now I hear from my state Senator that resurrecting lines will be applied to state government as well.
      If so, we are in a heap of trouble!

    5. Author is missing the point. The Democrats don’t care about enforcement of a registration law. They KNOW that most will not comply. They also know that the new law will eventually create may non-voting felons, as innocent citizens who would vote against them are disenfranchised when they run afoul of their new laws.

      In my opinion, this proposed law an unconstitutional act that should be met with a Supreme Court challenge. Then, these lawmakers, having knowing violated the civil rights of Pennsylvanians with this legislation, should be personally sued under RICO provisions. There has to be a personal price paid by these authoritarians when they lose unconstitutional actions, as their “lawfare” is merely intended to gain them cheap votes while bleeding conservative Americans dry trying to fight them in court. Even if they lose in court, they win by “process”. They can use the authority of their office all day long to pass such unconstitutional bills, and flood the field using taxpayer dollars, while conservative opposition pay with their own, hard earned dollars to defeat them. We’ll never win like this, against lawyers with an unlimited, government purse.

      We need a new way of fighting the left, or we might all just as well take THEIR 1861.v2 rebellion against our Constitutional republic hot.

      This law is just as evil as if they had created a law to forbid all Christians from attending public schools, perhaps holding government jobs, or if they created laws re-establishing slavery. All would be clearly as unconstitutional as he**, but unless the Justice Department Civil Rights division got involved, such laws could conceivably pass into law and be signed by a willing governor, and WOULD BE Pennsylvania STATE law until citizens put their $$$$ into the fight and took it to court. Yes, both examples are ludicrous violations of the US Constitution (and Pennsylvania state Constitution), but so is gun registration. However, if you pass enough of these, your opponents either go broke, or start losing in other political areas as they exhaust their time and resources fighting “lawfare”. Yet, the Democrats pay no price, whatsoever. How is that Constitutionally legal?

      1. Why are we so concerned about fighting the left or right? Nothing gets fixed, either side is too busy following their bias and fears then trying desperately to destroy the other and yet……were the “greatest country in the world?”

        Get a hobby.

      2. The Federal Constitution says that the federal government shall have nothing to say about firearms. When it reads “shall not be infringed” . That’s what that means.
        This is the trick the NRA and other National lobbyists on both sides of the aisle have been playing on States for years.
        This is a state issue and shall be referred to as the state constitution says.

        1. Yes, it directly violates the PA Constitution

          These are excerpts from what I sent my PA Rep.

          Article 1 (Declaration of Rights)
          §21 “Right to bear arms. The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.”

          It certainly sounds like it is questioning that right.

          Notice they mentioned SELF before STATE?

          Self defense is specifically mentioned to avoid confusion or circumvention of individual rights.

          Also, §25 (Reservation of Powers in People) Circumvents the commonwealth trying to bypass or override this right:

          “To guard against the 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.”

          Yet, it was deemed necessary to clarify this further in 1995 with Title 18 §6111.4
          Which prohibits firearm registration or maintaining a database of firearms owners in PA.

          Pretty clear language.

          Besides the blatantly overreaching wording of the bill, it also proposes implementing frighteningly restrictive requirements and penalties on innocent people. Thus making instant criminals out of people who have done nothing wrong.

          Law abiding firearms owners will face more requirements and tighter time limits than those faced by registered sex offenders *who were actually convicted of a crime*.

          This isn’t the solution to the problems we face. But it will definitely create more problems, besides the huge number of otherwise law-abiding citizens who will simply not comply.

          Contrary to the polarization the media would like to perpetuate, I am also one of millions of fellow PA Democrats who also strongly believe in the 2nd Amendment, as well as the PA Constitution.

      1. How do people fall for the dems rhetoric enough to elect them. They are stupid fools who want to destroy America. They are not the party of John Kennedy.

    6. Freedom or death. It’s not the government’s job to rule over anyone. Register nothing, surrender nothing. You have the right to break every law written, it’s up to the jury to decide when you’re wrong.

      1. “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.”

        I live in NJ and I have property in PA. CT residents refused to comply, NY refused to comply and NJ residents refused to comply…I plan on moving to PA…and I don’t give one damn about this BS. F ‘em.

    7. in the year 1776 we had enough of a tirant we sent them back to england is it time to call to arm this country is in sad sad shape run by a pack of money power hungry thugs if they take our guns what is their next move 90% of ur earned income wake up people the enemy is at the gate

        1. Your A nut case, But your right. Lets toss are biblical ideas and good sense and sound judgment in practical matters into A trash can.Just to sell more guns.


      1. Donald thank you for your sevice to our constition.
        I cant thank you for your service to our country because its been hijacked by liberal dems. They refuse to see one nation under God idevisably for LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL we now stand at a moment in time where do we go down this destructive path or stand up for what was so hard to gain I believe we will see our mistake and no longer give in to this tyrany that has now called us to fight for what you have and so many millions of others have. THIS IS NOW DO OR DIE

    9. I cannot imagine the greatest army that exists relinquishing their weapons! It’s time for all law-abiding hunters,sports shop owners,those who make a living manufacturing sports equipment and our “common sense” politicians, to band together as a force of opposition!! Ours is a government “by the people and for the people” not a dictatorship!! Those who are not happy here need to go to somewhere where they will be! The one hope that we have is that God is watching and eventually justice will be served! He said it himself:-“vengeance is mine,I will repay saith the Lord…l will laugh at your calamity”!

      1. ROLL ON. New Mexico. Colorado and. North Carolina 2nd amendment Sanctuary Cities. Patriots rally behind your law enforcemrnt your local leaders.
        For these are your Sons and Daughtets OF LIBERTY.
        Stand firm with these ONES for they have put a boot
        in TYRANYS ASS

        HOUZA!!! HOUZA!!! HOUZA!!!

    10. What good is a locked up firearm in your home if you have to protect yourself and your family? QUIT VOTING THESE LIBTARDS IN OFFICE!!!! I WILL NOT COMPLY!!! Our forefathers warned us about this. Like that but in New York……Ocasio……she’d make a better stripper than a Congresswoman…….lol……Then….the Democraps want to lower voting age to 16…….because schools are trying to brainwash these kids……..Country is in a bad place right now. TRUMP 2020………God help us after hes out of office….

    11. If all my guns were strapped down and locked like that my family would probably been killed. Dureing an armed home invasion several years ago. I was able to grab a shotgun for myself and one for my son. It took 3 years for the trial which I was never informed of. They dropped the charges against them and I never got my 2 shotguns back. I WILL NOT COMPLY. They wouldn’t tell what happened I sure as hell not hi being up anything to them.

    12. Thank you someone mentioned earlier about this law. They did not know the exact statute number. That is great to know. I’m sure they’ll try and find away around it.

        1. If they choose to disobey their oath to uphold The Constitution and do so, they are nothing more than terrorists when they show up on your doorstep and deserve to be treated accordingly.

        2. It is also very possible that foreign troops will also be involved. These TRAITOR politicians are doing the bidding of the Globalists and their UN Small Arms Treaty. In recent years, there have been convoys of new looking white UN vehicles being transported on flat bed trains, and aerial photos of an abandoned airstrip in Florida that was cram packed with parked all white vehicles. It sure seemed like they were getting ready for something. Keep your powder dry, inform as many as you can, don’t answer any knocks on your door until you know who it is, and be ready for anything, so that you don’t have to get ready if and when it happens. And remember always what Solzhenitsyn and his friends lamented about after they were dragged away to the camps. Don’t make it easy for them, and make sure at least one of them wishes he was never born.

      1. Go Colorado 2nd amendment cities beginig to roll across State beging to staurt recall ballots on lawmakers and Sheriffs who would uphold these illegal laws. Let these 50 States say no more.
        HOUZA!!! HOUZA!!! HOUZA!!!

      2. I have read that Soros has companies that own the software in the electronic voting machines. Via radio waves, the machines can be hacked remotely, and software that flips the vote to their specifications can be inserted, on the fly. As long as electronic voting is used, the vote count is suspect. It is imperative that ONLY paper ballots are used. Ballots that can be stored and re-counted as need be. Too bad if it takes longer and is labor intensive. Rich oligarchs like Soros and Bloomberg could be paying to have their planted politicians write new legislation, one after the other, in State after State, designed to weasel us out of our God Given Rights. These TRAITORS need to face a military tribunal. They are Felonious Perjurors, Seditious Sacks of Sh*t, and not worthy of their Oaths.

    13. We started this In PA (1775)…. We will see where PA takes us into the future. One Nation Strong under our US Constitution…. Our forefathers prepared us for this. Jefferson said it best.
      Thomas Jefferson: The Blood of Patriots. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

      1. 3-14-19 Liberal Dems introduced bill HR 1705
        National ammo-control bill in congress
        An effort to close what Bill supporters term would make mandatory back ground checks Nation wide the norm for ammo sales on top of the fact you would have to be licenced to even handle a firearm they really have no idea what we will not permit these. FOOLS to get away with

    14. WE must remember. We are responsible for what we can do. God will direct us in our path, but, He allows us to choose our path. He will never do for you what we are able to do yourself. God will not lace and tie your shoes for you, but He will provide you a way to have those shoes if you can’t yourself.

    15. Remember, your state reps don’t care about you. They don’t care about your feelings or opinions, or about the freedoms and liberties of the people they swore an oath to serve and protect. Unless it aligns with their political agenda that is.

      The only real way to fight this is with 4 simple words:

      I will not comply

    16. Here’s something to think about. A few years back I was involved in a shooting. The State Police attempted to tell me that out of 47 firearms the one I used was not registered to me. Their information on my firearms wasn’t even close to being correct. First off I don’t have anywhere close to 47 firearms AND the gun I used was definitely registered to me which my Gun Dealer proved by showing them my forms and the file number provided to him by the Pennsylvania Instant Check system (PICS).

      SO, even if you do register all your firearms obviously you may still end up in jail when they accuse you of having more firearms then what you registered and of course it’s hard to prove you don’t have more when their poor record keeping says otherwise. I mean, how do you produce firearms you don’t have

    17. .

    18. But officer…

      I explain with utter truthfulness…
      (with a completely bland and noncommittal expression on my face)…

      I do not have “one” gun in my home…

    19. There needs to be a federal law created that simple states that any attempt to infringe on the 2nd amendment will be considered treason. You may talk about it but any legislation like this would be “attempt”.

      1. The Second Amendment already states that very thing and politicians just do whatever they want and break whatever law gets in their way . They have passed their own laws protecting themselves and to “H” with us commoners.. The only solution to keep America free is to purge the Socialist Democrats from this Country and all free Countries. Our new Congress people know absolutely nothing about our Constitution or even our basic laws because they certainly have no problem breaking them . PA seems to be a hot bed of Communism and trying to make their state a gun free zone. Democrats should be afraid of American Citizens with guns as we were the ones who formed this Country and have died to protect it not the leftist Democrats who vote to dismantle our basic freedoms.

      2. The second amendment is the only amendment to the US constitution that explicitly states “shall not be infringed “and it’s the only amendment that is constantly in danger of being infringed!

    20. This is not government. This is Democrat’s. It’s proposed by 3 democrats. Vote their asses out of office and call them today to tell them how rediculous this proposal is.

        1. 3 democrats create a proposal can you blame everyone in government. I don’t follow your logic? You must just be a democrat and don’t want to own up to it.

    21. We all need to be proactive, call your reps call the idiot governor and keep calling. Emai,l letters, we need to swamp these tyrants with paper.
      Hound our US Senate to get those judges placed look at Conn.
      They don’t care about the law.
      Most of all DO NOT COMPLY!
      Prepare for the worst possible scenario.

    22. They are nuts . they can’t take guns away from sheep farmers over seas how are they going to take care our guns . they have a big fight coming .we don’t surrender

    23. Do you want another civil war on your hands cause that’s how you start one. You can not relinquish an Americans right to keep and bear arms. It is stated in the second amendment that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. Does that mean nothing to you people. My question is when will Americans wake up and take back their country.

      1. It does not mean anything to them. They are hypocrites. They talk about President Trump not following the constitution by declaring a national emergency on the border. Then they turn around and want to mess with the second amendment which in turn will make the first amendment no good. Stand strong Pennsylvania. Don’t let these morons turn your state io communism.

    24. This is starting to get ridiculous. Why aren’t todays’ kids taught like we were growing up….my Dad’s guns stood in a corner in the bedroom and I knew if I even looked cross eyed at them my butt would have been “warmed” good, why aren’t parents teaching and disciplining their kids like we were, then maybe the guns wouldn’t be touched.
      And w/ all these dumb ideas about more and more restrictions is asking for trouble, people are not going to give them up and bet the Militias will start coming out of the woodwork

      1. .. why?
        I think you know, but if you want me to say it again…

        … it’s because we stopped trying to please God, and started trying to please men.
        We took God out of the Schools, and the Courts.
        We filled our Churches with Spirits of Religion, and played games of hypocrisy, instead of developing a relationship with the Lord…
        … The Lord said the Bible testifies of himself, but they were seeking life from the Bible.. and missed Him!
        Parents let Gov. decide what’s best for our children. We stopped putting Faith in God, and trusting only in Him.
        We then stopped sparing/loving the child, and spoiled the child instead of the rod of punishment.
        We stopped teaching and admonishing them in the way they should go. They grew up and went astray.
        .. That Family, and Children, are the greatest treasure. They’re the only thing we’re given in this world, that we can take into the next, eternity.
        We allowed them to be taught perverted sciences, doctrines of demons/devils, and falsehoods.
        We didn’t teach them the joy of work, self sufficiency, to accept what you have, to be content, and thankful….
        We stopped teaching them the value of things money can’t buy, about character, integrity, honor, treating others the way you want them to treat you, etc…

        We are standing at the threshold of do, or die..
        I sense an urgency in our efforts.
        I have never seen such open hatred, and division in society, blatant lawlessness by the leadership.
        I don’t think we have even 10 years left with out a civil war, if we don’ seek God to turn it around.

        Don’t be too shy to correct me either… I’d like to be wrong!

        1. I so wish i could say you were wrong but all is true. And there is no doubt it will take the intervention of the Lord to fend off whats comming.But we as a nation have let these liberals dictate our beliefs and our motality for to long. I fear we alone will have this cross to bear. And take back our country and constitional rights REMEBER BUNKER HILL and never COMPLY

    25. If istill lived in PA, I’d be very afraid for the safety of those who betrayed their oaths off office, as I’ve been hearingcall this talk among those friends of mine whoare military vets & members of the militia, and even a few cops i used to play cards with back home who said, they are just waiting four their liberal bosses to fuk up more than they already have like in BALTIMORE with the whole “Freddie Grey” bullshit, where the police were threatened w/being ford every time they arrested a blank person for “racial profiling” even though there’s nothing but thug ass black people in 99% of Baltimore since the white families have nem fleeing for over 9years now, then the same gov’t in BALTIMORE cried & begged for police protection when their lives we’re threatened!!!!! Lmfao!!!! I say fuk em all, let the police walk away from the agrivations & let God sort out that shithole!!!!

    26. I asked an ATF agent about a registry and it went like this:
      Me: Does the ATF keep a registry of gun owners and what they own?
      ATF agent: Nope.
      Me: If they don’t have a registry, why is the serial number and my name listed on a bill of sale with the NICS approval code for permanent record keeping?
      ATF agent: Because we keep it in a database.
      Me: Isn’t a database a registry?
      ATF agent: Nope. A database is a database and is not a registry.
      Me: ….

    27. This bill is nothing more than another attempt by government to control legal gun owners and disarming us. Every gun owner, every hunter will be at the mercy of the government. Legal gun owners will labeled “criminal” and the confiscation will begin.

    28. Hitler disarmed the Jewish about two years prior to the gas camps….Venezuala was disarmed and within a few years the population is eating out of the garbage. How about the gun confiscation that took place in Australia???? When they come for your guns make no mistake…..that is your LAST stand.

      1. There were no “gas camps”. They only used the gas for de-Lou sing the clothing. It was Stalin, after the war was over, who started the story about “gassing people”. During the war, everyone was covered in louse, which causes disease. That’s why they all got shaved heads and showers. The clothing was put in the building and gassed to kill the louse. The world has been fed a line of BS by the Holohaux Industry. And of course some people died in the camps. From Typhus and Dysentery, mostly at the end of the war after the allies destroyed the rail lines that brought in food. How log do you think it would take to turn your healthy body into a skeleton, without food for a couple weeks ? And how about if you got dysentery and were sh*tting your brains out for a week ? The Jews in Switzerland, who got all the gold from the teeth, loved it. “The more blood, the more reparations” was their motto. That band of bastards even had a deal with Hitler some years earlier called “Tge Transfer Agreement”. Ever hear of it ? Why not ? Because the Holohaux Industry don’t want you to know about it. Just like they don’t want you to know that it was them who originally declared war on Germany in 1933.

    29. What good is an unloaded gun going to do for protevtion if someone breaks into your house. By the time you get the gun, load it you probably ate too late. Who gives these people the authority to do this anyway? We must not allow things like this to happen!

      1. That’s exactly why the liberals want your gun unloaded. Liberals always take the side ofbthe criminal. The criminal with the illegal gun will get less jail time than the honestbgun owner that defends himself?

    30. Complete overreach of a socialistic communistic agenda. Too have registered citizens become unfairly liable in every capacity. Or be accountable. In fringing on every word of the second amendment. Block bill HBO768

    31. Each firearm I own I had to pass a background check. I refuse to have to do more then is required by the federal government to purchase a gun by the federal government to keep my gun. The liberals need to get their heads out of the sand and each others asses and realize this is America and we will not comply

    32. 18 Pa.C.S. § 6111.4 explicitly forbids the government from creating a firearm registry:

      § 6111.4. Registration of firearms.
      Notwithstanding any section of this chapter to the contrary, nothing in this chapter shall be construed to allow any government or law enforcement agency or any agent thereof to create, maintain or operate any registry of firearm ownership within this Commonwealth. For the purposes of this section only, the term “firearm” shall include any weapon that is designed to or may readily be converted to expel any projectile by the action of an explosive or the frame or receiver of any such weapon.

      1. Thank you someone mentioned earlier about this law. They did not know the exact statute number. That is great to know. I’m sure they’ll try and find away around it.

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