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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 13, 2016 11:25 AM
From: Senator John P. Sabatina, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Anti-Terrorism Legislation - FBI watch lists
In the near future, I will re-introduce Senate Bill 1100 from last session. This legislation would amend PA Code 18, Section 6105 to prohibit those on Federal watch lists from purchasing firearms in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

My legislation would add persons who are found to be in suspicion of or a party to terrorist organizations on databases maintained by the Federal Government to be prohibited from purchasing a firearm. The Federal Government maintains "The Do Not Fly List" which is only one of several terrorist watch lists the Federal Government maintain - this would not limit the restriction to only that list.

Due to recent events nationally, many states have begun to initiate stricter background measures prior to obtaining a gun. States are becoming more pro-active to ensure the safety and security of their citizens. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy recently signed a similar Executive Order. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has signed into law a bill that would cause persons on the Federal "No Fly" list to be prohibited from purchasing a fire arm.

In 2015, the New Jersey state legislature concluded that people buying guns or applying for a firearm permit in New Jersey can be blocked as part of the routine criminal history check, conducted through the National Crime Information Center. Then-Governor Christie has been very vocal on this issue as well. Democratic and Republican governors alike have been united on this issue.

In every state, that NCIC review leads to purchases and permits being rejected if it reveals a disqualifying factor under state or federal law. In most states, that means someone who has a felony conviction, is not a U.S. citizen, or is subject to certain court orders.

Buyers in New Jersey, however, also are rejected if the applicant's name appears on the NCIC's "known or appropriately suspected terrorist" list, one of several such terror watch lists maintained by U.S. law enforcement."

Previously this bill was supported by Senators Costa and Boscola.

Introduced as SB112