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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: April 22, 2015 03:46 PM
From: Representative Angel Cruz
To: All House members
Subject: Firearm rental at shooting ranges
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by requiring yearly background checks for people who would like to rent a firearm at an authorized shooting range.

Currently, owners and operators of Pennsylvania shooting ranges are not required to conduct criminal background, juvenile delinquency and mental health checks of individuals who seek to rent a firearm at their facility. This provides an opportunity for persons not permitted under PA law to possess, use, or control firearms, to have access to them. Not only are these individuals endangering themselves, they are also a danger to shooting range staff and the general public at the range. My legislation would simply require that individuals seeking to rent a firearm at a shooting range undergo a yearly application process that includes a background check. This vital change to our law will ensure that individuals attempting to access a firearm are authorized to use such weapons in this Commonwealth.

Please join me in protecting the residents of this Commonwealth by closing a loophole that has permitted unauthorized access to firearms in this state. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925.

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Introduced as HB1217