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Bill Requiring Near-Universal Background Checks In PA Proposed


HARRISBURG – Bucks County Rep. Perry Warren has introduced legislation expanding background check requirements in Pennsylvania by eliminating all exceptions to the requirement, except for family transfers. Currently, the Crimes Code requires background checks for the sale of all handguns or sales conducted by a federally licensed dealer. Background checks are not required for the private sale of “long guns.” Warren said as vice-chairman of the House PA SAFE Caucus, he will be an advocate for legislative initiatives that respect the Second Amendment while promoting gun safety. His House Bill 2621 contains language from House Bill 1010, introduced in the previous session, including the elimination of most background check exemptions or the “gun-show loophole” and would require that all firearm sales, regardless of the barrel length, be conducted in front of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or county sheriff. Private sales currently exempted from background checks include “any shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, any rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or any firearm with an overall length of less than 26 inches.” The exemption includes military-style rifles, like AR-15s.


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