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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


August 5, 2022 10:55 AM
Representative Emily Kinkead
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Permit to Purchase Firearms

In direct response to the devastating plague of gun violence that is ravaging all parts of our Commonwealth, I am introducing a bill requiring individuals to obtain a firearm eligibility license prior to purchasing a gun.

According to the John Hopkins Center on Gun Policy and Research, states with handgun purchaser licensing laws tend to have lower firearms-related death and trafficking rates than states without such laws. When Connecticut passed a licensing law, its firearm homicide rate decreased by 28% and its firearm suicide rate decreased by 33%. (Conversely, when Missouri repealed its handgun purchaser licensing law in 2007, firearm-related homicide rates in the state swiftly increased while remaining stable in neighboring states and nationally.) And lastly, states with licensing laws saw a 56% reduction in mass shootings and 76% lower rates of guns exported to criminals.

This bill would create a new firearm eligibility license under Title 18 (Crimes Code). To apply for this license, individuals would follow a similar process to the one currently used when applying for a concealed carry permit in PA: submitting a prescribed PA State Police form to the county Sheriff (of all non-Philadelphia counties) or, in Philadelphia, the Chief of Police.

To qualify for a license, an applicant will need to: 1) be 18 or older, 2) live in the Commonwealth, 3) complete a firearms safety course (or show proof of completing such a course within the three years prior to application), and 4) otherwise not prohibited by law from purchasing or possessing a firearm. Only individuals like police, members of the armed forces, and corrections officers would be exempt from these training course requirements. Prior to issuing a firearm to a buyer, the issuing body must conduct a review of the applicant’s criminal history, juvenile delinquency records, and mental health records, as well as an investigation as to whether the individual is otherwise precluded by law from owning a firearm. As a part of this review/investigation, each applicant’s fingerprints will be run through both the FBI and state databases.
Under this legislation, any individual denied a license is entitled to file an appeal by submitting a challenge to the Pennsylvania State Police within 30 days from the date of the denial.
The goal of this legislation is simple: to ensure that our communities are safe places for our children to grow. This legislation is a common-sense solution with a broad base of support -- in fact, the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that most American gun owners support going through law enforcement to receive a permit—and constitutional: a similar bill enacted in Maryland was upheld in federal court.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to protect all Pennsylvanians.

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Click her link. Big city politician.
As most who sponsor these type of bills are. Doesn't mean that we blow off their agenda. Sadly for our state, and country, these big city politicians are gathering more and more support for their anti-constitution ideas. Some of that support is even coming from within our own ranks.
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