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.

  • 462 thoughts on “Firearms Registration Act Introduced in Pennsylvania

    1. Just refuse to comply. How many gun owners are there in the state of PA compared to the number of state police willing to go kick in doors and arrest their neighbors for non compliance? This is a stupid, unconstitutional law made by stupid irrational people who belong somewhere in a dark room filing forms in never ending cabinets and doing data entry for cold case files.

    2. We have a party of democrats that have systematic committed treason to our American ideals they have stuffed the ballot boxes to install turncoats to political offices all the while they stuff their pockets with tax payer funds when is enough, enough!!? Won’t Let our prez. So his job !!! Filled to the brim with their abuces

      1. They are easily made TRAITORS unto our Constitution because they have never spilled even a drop of blood in defence of FREEDOM. They have never seen the American Flag draped over a loved ones coffin who paid the ultimate PRICE. They have never experienced the emotion of devistating loss. And then the extreme pride for the selfless act in defence of America.
        Their TYRANNY is of ignorance,selfishness and their unwillingness to embrace history. They choose to forget the Millions who have fought for over 3 centurys to ensure FREEDOM and PEACE.And they have ultimately forgotten a great historian of the past. When he spoke it was demanded blood and tears enough to fill a great lake. He desired sorrow,wailing,destruction and famine. Which would take near a century to heal and now I fear he is awakening yet AGAIN.

        His name was. APRIL. 13. EIGHTEEN SIXTYONE

    3. Why do they always attack an object and not the person? A gun will NOT kill someone UNLESS someone pulls the trigger. Just as the operator of a vehicle is responsible for control of a vehicle, why is the “operator” of a gun not held responsible for his actions? We do NOT hold a car responsible for the actions of the driver, so why do we hold a firearm responsible for the action of an individual?
      Where is the legislation for mental health exams? The “sponsors” should be the first in line for the exam. Where is the funding for mental health exams? Maybe these sponsors could contribute their salary for this purpose instead of taxing and harassing the taxpaying citizens who have nothing wrong.
      You will never pass enough legislation to stop a criminal, the will always have illegal, unregistered firearms. After all does the law stop someone from robbing a bank? Or beating and killing a defenseless child or spouse? What legislation have these sponsors introduced to stop these or similar crimes?

      1. First let me state THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
        Though I wish i had a name to give unto the RESPECT and PRIDE for which YOU SO DESERVE.
        And thank you for all of which you have spoken for it is RIGHT and of GOOD JUDGEMENT.

    4. Dont let this mess with your Brain! Remember, the Supreme court has said , Time and Time again, this right cannot be infringed upon! They are the only ones who may change anything. So peacefully, Rationally, STAND UP! ITS JUST THE PHSYCO SOB’S THEY ARE LOOKIN TO FILTER OUT! I DONT TAKE ISSUE WITH THAT!

    5. Had hopes of moving to PA from NY….FUAC but if this passes our plans are out the window !! We will move south !!
      Stand up PA people !!

    6. Besides violating the US Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, it also violates the Pennsylvania state constitution.

      The right of the citizens to bear arms in defence of themselves and the State shall not be questioned. Art. 1, § 21 (enacted 1790, art. IX, § 21).

    7. The government has no business knowing what firearms I own. When are we going to say enough is enough? Our 2nd amendment rights have already been infringed on so many levels it’s ridiculous. Whoever introduced this bill obviously needs voted out next election.

    8. Snowflakes that’s the world we have to live in ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️ No one gave us the right to defend ourselves it’s our God given right ! The right to live free from prosecution ! God Bless America and God bless Trump

    9. If this monstrosity actually passes, I expect the good people of Pa. will give it the widespread NON-COMPLIANCE it deserves.

      1. They need to recall these dipshit politicians. They have taken oath to uphold the constitution, and therefore lied under oath.

    10. If I was sheriff I’m not going to enforce your Unconstitutional gun grabbing law Because planning commits Backdoor Gun Confiscation Unconstitutional

    11. I’ve never seen such a display of improper grammar and spelling in my life. It just proves what I’ve contended all along: The schools are dumbing down our society. All that aside, this proposed law is a travesty. The requirement for annual renewal borders on harassment. The only recourse you people have is to vote out the idiots who vote for passage. Write letters to your elected officials and tell them to vote no.

      1. All you have seen was a slight in spelling???
        All that you heard was a slight in grammar???
        DO NOT mock those who bravely came to contest against TRYANNY. For these ONES are the least in need of education.
        We know full well what a misrepresentation of education LOOKS LIKE.
        We see it on our streets when when they scream for Socialism.
        We see it on our streets when they moan for The New Grean Deal.
        And we see it on our streets as they foam at the mouth to RAPE our Constitution.

    12. Read between the lines on this one. What does it accomplish? If you follow it is it a source of state income? I will start with the last question will it be a source of income for the state. Answer No. What it will do is increase the size of the government and make no mistake it will be a net loss as all government programs. So what does it accomplish? First it gets a certain percentage of people to prove they will comply. Plus one. Then think of it as a logical stepping stone. If you have your firearms locked or disassembled even in your own home it takes away the argument I need it to defend myself.. You will be dead before you put it together. The next argument will be that you don’t need one in your home. Never accept any item in a vacuum it always set precedence and it will always be expanded on.

    13. Flagrant violation of the 2nd Amendment.
      Personally, I would show them my voter ID and tell them any other info they need to pull out of their (expletive deleted).

    14. Citizen have no rites if you registered to vote you have no rites if you have a drivers license you have no rite 90% of the people believe they have rites but they are confused. Rites are God given most of you out there think a privilege is a rite and your wrong the government compels you to believe that and you do. The US is not a country it is a CORPORATION LOOK IT UP (ACT OF 1871). confined to the 10 square miles of the District of Columbia . I don’t have all day to explain but if you sign up for there benefits and privileges YOU HAVE NO RITES AT ALL. Do the research you will be surprised at what you will find. Registration is a surrender of property Black Law. If you register your guns they will get them out of your hands . The fact the so many people in this country have guns keeps the UN at bey. But lets face the facts the people in America are a bunch of pussies to say the least they will not stick together for save whats left of this country. America is at the hands of the crooked bankers that have stolen the birthright to this land to you and your child and your children’s children. This is what the problem is here. Everything our families have fought and died for has been stripped away stolen in the night for benefits and privileges. Everyone wants shit for free they don’t want to work for it. The change need to happen with the people the people need to make the change the people need to stop letting them control. The government is suppose to answer to the people not the other way around but you know the way it is now is the way it will stay. Because we have no balls as a country to stand together we just roll over and do what they tell us to do as good little debt slaves feeding them our wealth WAKE UP PEOPLE AND READ WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON AROUND YOU>

      1. So How Do I get a gun and where in Northampton County? I have never owned one but now believe I need to own not one but several.

    15. People just need to contact their state representatives and state congressmen and remind them that this bill is a violation of a PA state statute. That state statute is:

      Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes § 6111.4 – Registration Of Firearms

      § 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. (June 13, 1995, 1st Sp.Sess., P.L.1024, No.17, eff. 120 days)

      1995 Amendment. Act 17, 1st Sp.Sess., added section 6111.4.

      Cross References. Section 6111.4 is referred to in section 6111 of this title.

    16. Gun owners must swear under oath Pa. State Police took an oath they violate their oath NOT oath keepers carrying out Unconstitutional law Because it’s CONFISCATION
      Elected Sheriff are oath keepers they don’t have to go door to door for Unconstitutional law in that county
      Sheriffs get their orders from the citizens are accountable Not from the Governor
      State Police or Troopers gets their orders from the Governor
      See the difference
      State Police or Troopers will go door to door MEANS violate the Constitution the oath they took
      They are Twin Lightning Bolts Signifying the SS

    17. 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.

      1. Brenda
        You are right but the simple answer to your question. Liberals hate our constitution they disrespect our law enforcement they dispize our military. They poison our childrens minds and tell them this country is the problem. They demonize an object FIREARMS instead of the monster who used this tool for gain or hate. They want open borders because these people who come dont know the cost of what it took to make this country.or even care they come illegally for a free ride on the backs
        Of tax payers to a cost of 118 BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY. Fact look it up
        They dispize our christian relgion because it tells them what they are about is WRONG. They take the ten commandments from our court houses, They go so boldly to try and uproot the crosses of our fallen who paid the ultimate price of FREEDOM.
        Call your representatives who are constitutionally driven support them THANK them.For they are your
        Sons and Daughters of LIBERTY fighting with our 1st.amendment GIVEN ITS POWER THROUGH OUR
        SECOND AMENDMENT.

        1. Wow well said now I’ll do my part to spread the word,it’s pretty scary the shit they’re pulling.when does it come to a head? Hopefully at the voting booths,not the streets

        2. Military Tribunal set up on their front lawn at 3 am. They get pulled out of bed and told they are facing charges outside. Swift justice for those found guilty as charged. In the positions they keep in the government, they should have known better. One or two in every State on the same night, for 2 or 3 nights in a row, will make the rest question if it is worth it to wage war against the US Constitution.

    18. 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!!

      1. AMEN! The Tyranny that our ForeFathers warned about and the reason for the 2nd amend. Don’t be Stupid ! The second amend was not for Hunting , they knew this might happen . DO NOT COMPLY !

        1. Well Neill
          Respectfully would you like a history lesson on why we had a REVOLUTUTIONARY. WAR
          When you see him ask you King George
          Where he went WRONG!!

        2. Neil, you say it works fine in the U.K., then what about the problem you have now with knives! When a criminal or someone who wants to do harm they will find a way no matter what laws there are. Evil does not come from an object, it comes from a person.

        3. What you don’t understand Neill, this is the difference between being a subject such as yourself and a Citizen with Constitutionally protected freedoms.

        4. How common are acid attacks in the UK? The UK has one of the highest rates of acid attacks per capita in the world, according to Acid Survivors Trust International…

        5. Of course you do Mr Howarth. Remember how the citizens of the UK were free to speak their minds. Now if you criticize your islamic overlords, you can be put in jail. Ask Tommy Robinson, he’ll fill you in on the details. Many of you have kneeled to your captors. There have been 1834 citizens murdered by jihadists in the past few years, and you have no means to protect yourselves.

      2. Our country is being destroyed from wihin her borders. They pass laws to protect “special groups”. These groups can spout their filth, hatred and vulgarity. Some march down our streets naked, children are now being included in this. Yet I, as a Christian, if I mention the name of Jesus, they are offended and ready to file a lawsuit. We are losing our rights because we’re not willing to stand up to them and let our voices be heard. Wake up America. Write to your Senator , Governor, State Representatives. You want to keep your guns? Stand up, let your voices be heard. We have the right to free speech too, use it!!! BUILD THE WALL!!!

    19. 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.

    20. 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 .

    21. 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.

    22. 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.

      1. All politicians should be made to have a yearly mental health exam, and every week or two they should have to pee in a cup. That goes for LEO’s also, and anyone else who has any power over WE THE PEOPLE.

    23. 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.

      1. 3am Milutary Tribunals on their front lawns. Drag them out of bed and let them answer to the charges. Swift justice for those found guilty. Being in their positions, they should know better. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

    24. 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.

      2. This is way out of line. It is my right, not a privilege to own a gun to protect myself and my family. I am 74 yrs old. Never broke the law, and never will. I am on a low fixed income. The only hobby I have and enjoy is my gun collection, and target practice. This tax is wrong. And to top it off, being taxed every year for the same thing is robbery. And the registration of my guns is nothing more than the prelude to future laws to confiscate guns. I am sick of Democrats that have this thing that if they don’t want or like something, than no one can have it. Not to mention, this will not stop crime. Criminals “will not” register their guns, or pay this tax. This is also just another Democrat money grab. If people like or have something, the old light bulb goes off, “hey lets tax the hell out of it ” Democrats tax everything that moves, and I am sick of it. Its because of this sort of thing that we came to America to get away from.

        1. PATRIOTS remember a Right can NOT be taxed as a priviledge. Only if we begin to except a tax on a RIght will it be seen taxable as a priviledge. This is the goal of Liberal Dems. To see our rights as a prviledge so as to deatroy our Constitution.

          RISE UP STAND FIRM AND NEVER COMPLY TO TYRANNY!!!

    25. 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.

    26. 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!

    27. 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 !

    28. 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 !!!!!??

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

    30. 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 ?

    31. 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.

    32. 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.

        1. Gee Miguel, you are missing all the fun that comes with not complying in NY, and giving the BloomingIdiot and his Mafioso friends the bird. Tell your new neighbors to not comply. Get a picture of that 1980’s “Hey Iran” , where Mickey Mouse is standing there flipping the bird. Change it to “Hey Governor” !

    33. 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”…

    34. 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.

    35. 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!!!!!

    36. 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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