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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2021 10:09 AM
From: Representative Daryl D. Metcalfe
To: All House members
Subject: Reciprocity and Recognition
In 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia passed legislation that would prohibit access to permittee information in the Virginia Criminal Information Network by law enforcement personnel, agencies, officers, or other authorized agents of states that do not have reciprocity agreements with the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Under current Pennsylvania law, law enforcement personnel outside the Commonwealth may use the Firearms License Validation System to inquire about a Pennsylvania license to carry and will receive limited information such as the name of the licensee, the validity of the license and any information which may be provided to a criminal justice agency pursuant to Chapter 91 of Title 18.

There have been incidents where states that do not have reciprocity agreements with other states have been misusing their authority when it comes to information available on out-of-state concealed carry permit holders. These states are using the available information to detain individuals for a lengthy period of time during traffic stops.

It is because of these issues that I will be introducing legislation that mirrors the legislation passed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is to ensure our law abiding Pennsylvania citizens are not harassed while traveling.

Please join me in cosponsoring this privacy protection legislation.

If you have any questions please contact Pam Neugard at pneugard@pahousegop.com or 717-783-1707.
Prior Sponsors (HB775 from 2017-18):

Introduced as HB1228