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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 2, 2019 10:03 AM
From: Representative Jim Marshall
To: All House members
Subject: Firearm Registry Ban
I respectfully request your support of legislation that I intend to introduce that would amend Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses). This bill was formerly HB 156 of 2017 (Tallman).

This legislation would prohibit government entities or any public or private person from compiling registries and databases of firearm ownership. There would be certain exceptions concerning criminal activities etc.

Currently, Section 6111.4 Registration of Firearms, states "...any government or law enforcement agency or any agent thereof to create, maintain or operate any registry of firearm ownership..." Our Supreme Court in their renowned wisdom decided that the wording in the statute does not include the Pennsylvania State Police and they are allowed to maintain a registry of handguns.

Hopefully, to correct this decision by the Supreme Court in "Allegheny County Sportsman vs. Rendell", we will make it even plainer that there is to be NO registry of firearms ownership by ANY government entity.

I urge you to sign on as a cosponsor immediately because this legislation will be introduced TOMORROW. I appreciate your support.

Introduced as HB1416