THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY THOMAS, JOSEPHS, M. O'BRIEN, YOUNGBLOOD AND PAYTON, MARCH 23, 2009
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, MARCH 23, 2009
Establishing the Bureau of Illegal Firearms Trafficking within
the Office of Attorney General; providing for its powers and
duties; and requiring an annual report to the General
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Illegal
Firearms Trafficking Act.
Section 2. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Bureau." The Bureau of Illegal Firearms Trafficking within
the Office of Attorney General.
"State agency." An administrative department, board or
commission and an independent administrative department, board
or commission of the executive branch.
Section 3. Bureau of Illegal Firearms Trafficking.
(a) Establishment.--There is hereby established in the
Office of Attorney General a bureau to be known as the Bureau of
Illegal Firearms Trafficking. The bureau shall be under the
direction of the Attorney General or his designee.
(b) Duties.--The bureau shall:
(1) Investigate potential violations of 18 Pa.C.S.
(relating to crimes and offenses) relating to illegal
(2) Bring prosecutions relating to illegal firearms
(c) Duties of Attorney General.--The Attorney General or his
(1) Receive complaints from individuals concerning
illegal firearms trafficking.
(2) Investigate and assist in county prosecutions
relating to illegal firearms trafficking and, as necessary,
coordinate with Federal, State and local law enforcement
agencies in the investigation of similar crimes.
Section 4. Report to General Assembly.
Commencing in 2010, the Attorney General or his designee
shall report to the General Assembly on an annual basis, on or
before January 31, detailing the activities engaged in by the
bureau under this act.
Section 5. Commencement of activities.
The bureau shall commence its duties under this act no later
than 90 days after the effective date of this section.
Section 6. Effective date.
This act shall take effect immediately.