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A09140
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2476
Session of
2018
INTRODUCED BY REED, BARRAR, ROTHMAN, RYAN, M. K. KELLER,
READSHAW, TOPPER, THOMAS, METCALFE, HAGGERTY, SNYDER,
ENGLISH, MARSHALL, COX, STAATS, BURNS, GROVE, MILLARD,
SAYLOR, OBERLANDER, HILL-EVANS, WARD, DeLUCA, SANKEY,
A. HARRIS, GOODMAN, LAWRENCE AND WATSON, JUNE 8, 2018
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, JUNE 8, 2018
AN ACT
Amending Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 61 (Prisons and
Parole) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in
obstructing governmental operations, further providing for
weapons or implements for escape; and, in miscellaneous
provisions, further providing for contraband prohibited.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 5122(a) of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended to read:
§ 5122. Weapons or implements for escape.
(a) Offenses defined.--
(1) [A] Except as provided under 61 Pa.C.S. § 5902(e.1)
(relating to contraband prohibited), a person commits a
misdemeanor of the first degree if he unlawfully introduces
within a detention facility, correctional institution or
mental hospital, or unlawfully provides an inmate thereof
with any weapon, tool, implement, or other thing which may be
used for escape.
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(2) An inmate commits a misdemeanor of the first degree
if he unlawfully procures, makes or otherwise provides
himself with, or unlawfully has in his possession or under
his control, any weapon, tool, implement or other thing which
may be used for escape.
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Section 2. Section 5902(e) of Title 61 is amended and the
section is amended by adding a subsection to read:
§ 5902. Contraband prohibited.
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(e) Weapons.--No weapon or other implement which may be used
to injure an inmate or person or in assisting an inmate to
escape from imprisonment shall:
(1) be sold, given away or furnished to an inmate in any
correctional institution or any building appurtenant thereto
or on the land granted to or owned or leased by the
Commonwealth for the use and benefit of inmates;
(2) except as provided under subsection (e.1), be
brought into any correctional institution or any building
appurtenant thereto or on to the land granted to or owned or
leased by the Commonwealth for the use and benefit of
inmates; or
(3) be sold, given away or furnished, either directly or
indirectly, to an inmate, either in or anywhere outside of
the correctional institution, or be disposed of in such a
manner or in such a place that it may be secured by an inmate
in the correctional institution.
(e.1) Correctional officers Commonwealth employees .--
(1) The following apply:
(i) A correctional officer An employee of the
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Commonwealth employed at or assigned to a State
correctional institution may carry or store one lawfully
owned and transported firearm and ammunition in a vehicle
located at a specified location outside of the State
correctional institution upon providing advance written
notice to the chief administrator of the State
correctional institution.
(ii) If a correctional officer an employee of the
Commonwealth carries or stores a firearm and ammunition
under subparagraph (i), the correctional officer employee
of the Commonwealth shall comply with all applicable do
all of the following:
(A) Keep the firearm secured with a trigger lock
or a gun safe.
(B) Keep the firearm out of plain sight.
(C) Comply with all applicable laws governing
the use, possession and carrying of firearms and
ammunition and all policies of the department.
(iii) A chief administrator who has received written
notice under subparagraph (i) from a correctional officer
an employee of the Commonwealth may deny or revoke the
ability of the correctional officer employee of the
Commonwealth to carry or store a firearm and ammunition
under paragraph (1) in writing.
(iv) A correctional officer An employee of the
Commonwealth may not carry or store a firearm under
subparagraph (i) if the vehicle also contains prohibited
ammunition suitable for the firearm.
(2) The following words and phrases when used in this
subsection shall have the meanings given to them in this
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paragraph unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Firearm." A pistol or revolver with a barrel length
less than eight inches as determined by measuring from the
muzzle of the barrel to the face of the closed action or
cylinder, whichever is applicable.
"Prohibited ammunition." A bullet or projectile which,
if fired from a firearm as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 6102
(relating to definitions) under the test procedure of the
National Institute of Justice for the Ballistic Resistance of
Body Armor published July 2008, is determined to be capable
of penetrating bullet-resistant apparel or body armor meeting
the requirements of Type IIIA of Standard NIJ Standard-
0101.06 as formulated by the United States Department of
Justice.
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Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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