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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 8, 2019 10:11 AM
From: Representative Angel Cruz
To: All House members
Subject: Firearm Registration Act
 
In this world of instant information, we can't go an hour without hearing on the news or social media about crime, injury, or death involving firearms. Pew Research Center reports that almost half of Americans personally know someone who has been shot, with 40,000 gun-related deaths reported in 2017. Six in ten Americans believe that our nation’s gun laws are not strict enough, and it’s time something be done to address this problem.

I am proposing the creation of a firearm registration within the Pennsylvania State Police. Upon application and approval, firearm owners will be given a registration certificate, valid for one year, for each registered firearm they own. A registration certificate will only be issued to individuals who are eligible to possess a firearm under Federal and State law, who have never been convicted of a crime of violence and have not been convicted of a crime relating to the use, possession, or sale of any dangerous drug within five years prior to the application. This PSP database will aid all law enforcement officials with investigations and with tracking missing or stolen firearms.

Please join me in protecting Pennsylvania lives by ensuring that firearms only get into the hands of those who are eligible to own them, and that every gun in the state is properly accounted for. 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 HB768