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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 19, 2012 03:36 PM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes
To: All Senate members
Subject: Co-sponsorship Me mo – Uniform Firearms Act – Criminal Homicide of Law Enforcement Officer/Assault of Law Enforcement Officer
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend the Uniform Firearms Act to expand the list of criminal convictions that disqualify a person from possessing, using, manufacturing, controlling, selling or transferring a firearm to include criminal homicide of a law enforcement officer (18 Pa.C.S. §2507) and assault of a law enforcement officer (18 Pa.C.S. §2702.1). In addition, any adult or juvenile who has been convicted of attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit either crime would also be disqualified.

Criminal homicide of a law enforcement officer (18 Pa.C.S. §2507) and assault of a law enforcement officer (18 Pa.C.S. §2702.1) were added to the Crimes Code by Act 131 of 2008. However, Act 131 did not make corresponding changes to the Uniform Firearms Act to disqualify an individual convicted of these crimes from legally possessing a firearm in the future. This oversight needs to be remedied.

Expanding the law to cover any individual who attempted, solicited or conspired with another to commit either of these crimes is equally important. Crimes against law enforcement officers are unacceptable. Our laws must reflect the seriousness of such offenses and I believe disqualifying an individual who engaged in such an action from legally possessing a firearm is an appropriate response to such activity.

If you have any questions, please contact my Chief Counsel, Mark Mekilo, at mmekilo@pasenate.com or 7-7112 at your convenience



Introduced as SB662