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
Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in firearms and other dangerous
articles, further providing for limitation on the regulation
of firearms and ammunition.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 6120(a) of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended and the section is amended by
adding a subsection to read:
§ 6120. Limitation on the regulation of firearms and
(a) General rule.--[No] Except as otherwise provided under
subsection (a.2), no county, municipality or township may in any
manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or
transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components
when carried or transported for purposes not prohibited by the
laws of this Commonwealth.
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(a.2) Exemption.--A political subdivision may regulate the
lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of
(1) The regulation is not less restrictive than the
provisions of this chapter for such ownership, possession,
transfer or transportation.
(2) The governing body of the political subdivision has
filed an application with the Pennsylvania State Police for
an exemption from the provisions of subsection (a), which
application demonstrates a compelling reason for the
(3) The commissioner approves the application and issues
a written exemption to the political subdivision. The
application must include a proposed ordinance to regulate
firearms in the political subdivision and such other
information as requested by the commissioner.
(4) The commissioner publishes the exemption on the
publicly accessible Internet website of the Pennsylvania
State Police and as a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
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Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.