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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 11, 2014 03:57 PM
From: Senator Art Haywood
To: All Senate members
Subject: Limit purchases of handguns to one per person per 30-day period, with exceptions
In the near future I plan on introducing legislation that would limit the purchase of handguns in the Commonwealth to one per person per 30-day period, with exceptions. This bill is aimed at protecting the 2nd amendment by reducing the gun trafficking that would otherwise put guns in the hands of dangerous individuals. This bill is a re-introduction of SB191 of the 2013-2014 Session.

This bill would limit purchases of handguns in the Commonwealth to one handgun per individual within any 30-day period. The limits on purchases would not apply to: a licensed firearm dealer, a licensed firearm collector, law enforcement, correctional facilities, a licensed private security company, sale of antique firearms, or a person who loses or has stolen a firearm, so long as, there is a police report provided to the seller. The seller of a handgun would be required to complete a handgun purchase history check with the State Police.

The bill would make violation of selling or purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period a third degree misdemeanor; however, if a person has been sentenced for selling or purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period, the violation would be a third degree felony. Additionally, any fines or fees imposed would be deposited into a Violence Prevention Fund in the State Treasury, which would be used for grants to police to prevent gun-related injuries.

Please join in me cosponsoring this legislation designed to help reduce the number of guns in our communities.

Previous cosponsors of this bill include: Farnese, Fontana, Tartaglione, and Williams.

Introduced as SB701