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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 11, 2021 11:28 AM
From: Representative Christopher B. Quinn
To: All House members
Subject: Background Checks for Firearms for Gun Shows (Former HB159)
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce former HB 159 from last session.

Currently, the Crimes Code requires firearm sales be conducted in front of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or county sheriff. However, this provision is only applicable to short-barreled firearms. This legislation would remove this applicability provision and require all firearm sales, regardless of the barrel length, be conducted in front of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or county sheriff. Ultimately, this legislation would require background checks be conducted for each firearm purchase, which will ensure that individuals attempting to obtain a firearm are authorized to possess such weapons. Familial transfers will still be excluded from the background check requirement as in current law.

Additionally, this bill would include language that allows a person to obtain a multiple day background check approval to be used at a licensed gun show within the Commonwealth. With such an approval, a consumer could shop during that multiple day period without having to pay for multiple background checks should he or she decide to make more than one purchase.

Please join me in protecting the residents of this Commonwealth by closing the loopholes that have permitted unauthorized individuals access to firearms, while making it easier for law abiding citizens to purchase firearms at gun shows.

Introduced as HB1235