Harrisburg, PA –A new bill introduced in Pennsylvania would establish a gun registry within the state.
HB0768 is known as the Firearms Registration Act. The Democrats that introduced the bill were Mary Louise Isaacson (D), Angel Cruz (D), and Mary Jo Daley (D). Last Friday, the General Assembly referred the bill to the committee on judiciary, Ammoland.com reports.
The bill would require gun owners in the Keystone State to register their firearms with the Pennsylvania State Police. Owners would have to provide the police with the make, model, and the serial numbers of all their guns.
Expanded background checks: House Bill 673 and Senate Bill 88 would require checks for all gun purchases. They would allow transfers between family members without a check (which I think is reasonable).
Extreme risk protection orders: Senate bills 90 and 293 would allow law enforcement and family or household members to ask a court to temporarily restrict a person’s access to firearms, if they are ruled to be dangerous to themselves or others.
Assault weapons ban: House Bill 307 and Senate Bill 292 would ban new possession of assault weapons.
Gun licensing/registration: Senate Bill 344 and House Bill 467 would require firearms owners to obtain an eligibility license, mandating safety training and no prohibition on gun ownership. House Bill 768 and Senate Bill 290 would require firearms registration.
Background check for shooting range: House Bill 344 would require anyone who wants to rent a firearm at a shooting range to undergo an annual background check, to prevent unauthorized people from accessing a firearm and endangering themselves and range staff and patrons.
Part of the registration process would include filling out an application that included:
• Name, age, sex and date of birth
• Personal and business addresses
• Telephone number
• Social security number
• Citizenship status
• Make, model, caliber/gauge, type and serial number of each firearm
• Two photographs taken within 30 days immediately prior to the date of filing the application equivalent to passport size showing the full face, head and shoulders of the applicant in a clear and distinguishing manner
The application will be approved or denied within 30 days. If approved, a certificate will be provided to the gun owner, who is expected to carry the piece of paper with the firearm at all times. Police would also be allowed to stop people and ask gun owners if he or she is carrying their certificate with them.
Each firearm certificate would need to be renewed on an annual basis.
“It shall be the duty of a person owning or possessing a firearm to cause the firearm to be registered. No person within this Commonwealth may possess, harbor, have under the person’s control, transfer, offer for sale, sell, give, deliver or accept a firearm unless the person is the holder of a valid registration certificate for the firearm.”
This bill essentially turns law-abiding gun owners into criminals. If your grandfather wants to pass his shotgun down to you as a family heirloom, you’d have to register it. If a friend fears an abusive boyfriend will harm her, letting her borrow your gun for self-protection would be a crime.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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