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, prohibiting certain assault weapons.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:
§ 6121.1. Certain assault weapons prohibited.
(a) Offense defined.--Any person in this Commonwealth who
possesses, uses, controls, sells, transfers or manufactures or
obtains a license to possess, use, control, sell, transfer or
manufacture an assault weapon in this Commonwealth commits a
felony of the third degree.
(b) Exception.--The provisions of subsection (a) shall not
apply to a member of the armed forces of the United States or
the National Guard or a law enforcement officer while performing
official duties or traveling to or from an authorized place of
duty, provided that the possession of the assault weapon has
been duly authorized under applicable law, regulation or
military or law enforcement policy.
(c) Definition.--As used in this section, the term "assault
weapon" means a semiautomatic rifle known as an SKS with
detachable magazine or any part or combination of parts designed
or intended to convert a firearm into such semiautomatic rifle
or any combination of parts from which such semiautomatic rifle
may be readily assembled if those parts are in the possession or
under the control of the same person.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.