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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 7, 2015 01:37 PM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes
To: All Senate members
Subject: Co-sponsor memo #21 – Uniform Firearms Act – Strict Liability
 
In the near future, I will be reintroducing SB 660 of the 2013-14 legislative session. This legislation amends the Uniform Firearms Act (“UFA”) to impose strict civil and criminal liability on any person, licensed importer, licensed dealer or licensed manufacturer who knowingly and intentionally sells, delivers or transfers a firearm in violation of the UFA if that gun is subsequently used in a crime or attempted crime. Current law imposes liability only where the seller has “reason to believe” the firearm will be used in a crime or attempted crime.

The UFA was designed to strictly regulate firearm sales and other transfers. Imposing strict civil and criminal liability on persons who sell or transfer firearms is a strong incentive to ensure these individuals comply with the act. Additionally, this language may provide another useful tool for law enforcement to prosecute those who are selling guns illegally and provide another source of recovery of civil damages for a victim of gun crime.

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



Introduced as SB309