A measure that would criminalize the previously legal private sale of firearms—a longstanding American tradition—has been introduced in the Keystone State.
House Bill 1400, sponsored by Republican state Rep. James Santora, would require an individual to seek a licensed firearm dealer to conduct a criminal background check prior to purchasing or transferring a firearm to another individual, including purchases conducted at gun shows. Additionally, an individual would have to obtain 72-hour background check approval if the individual wanted to make more than one purchase without having to pay for multiple background checks.
It is currently illegal to knowingly sell a firearm to an individual who is a prohibited possessor. Likewise, it is a felony for a prohibited person to buy, own or possess a firearm. By criminalizing otherwise lawful transfers, this bill could unknowingly turn a law-abiding person into a criminal.
Use Your Power!
Pennsylvania gun owners are encouraged to contact their state representative and urge him or her to oppose HB 1400. Contact your representative directly byclicking here.