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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 2, 2016 11:09 AM
From: Senator Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Title 18 Firearms-Related Amendments
 
These three pieces of legislation would amend Title 18 to help keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.


Document #1

Introduced as SB27

Description: Formerly Senate Bill 1099, the first bill would require an individual to serve a mandatory minimum one-year sentence for unlawfully carrying a firearm without a license on their person or in a vehicle.  The amendment would not affect those citizens who maintain firearms in their home or place of business. 
 

Document #2

Introduced as SB28

Description: The second bill (former Senate Bill 1101) would temporarily bar those charged with violent felonies from purchasing or possessing firearms. Currently, 18 Pa.C.S. §6105 requires that a person be “convicted” of a disabling offense before they can be prevented from buying or possessing a gun.  This measure would temporarily bar those awaiting trial for serious violent offenses from purchasing or possessing firearms during the pendency of the proceedings.  If they are acquitted, the bar would automatically be lifted. 

 
 
 

Document #3

Introduced as SB29

Description: The third bill (former Senate Bill 1098) would correct disparate treatment of juvenile adjudications for disabling offenses. Currently, Title 18 prohibits adults convicted of certain serious offenses or for a drug felony from possessing or purchasing firearms. See 18 Pa.C.S. §6105. However, adults with juvenile adjudications for the same offenses are not prohibited by §6105 from purchasing or possessing firearms.  Adjudicated juveniles over the age of 21 have become prime recruits to straw purchase and supply drug organizations with firearms.  This proposal would correct the disparate treatment in §6105 of adult convictions and juvenile adjudications for the same offenses, while maintaining the lapsing provision for less serious offenses.