Pennsylvania Democrats Introduce HB 0768 – Gun Registration Act

by Faye Higbee

Every time that Democrats tell you they “don’t want to take your guns” you need to call them out on it. Ammoland reported that Pennsylvania Democrats have introduced HB 0768, the Gun Registration Act, which would create a gun registry within the state. ALL guns – except antique firearms – must be registered, and it gets nasty from there. It was introduced on Friday by three Democrats: Mary Louise Isaacson (D), Angel Cruz (D), and Mary Jo Daley (D) and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Every firearm owned by a resident of Pennsylvania must be registered. Each registration certificate costs $10 PER firearm. In order to obtain said certification, the applicant has to swear under oath and provide: name, home address, business address, telephone number, date of birth, social security number (isn’t that illegal to ask for? just sayin’), age, sex, citizenship, name of the manufacturer of each gun, serial number, caliber or gauge, model, type, two photos taken with in 30 days,- passport size full face head and shoulders.

As if that wasn’t enough, the applicant must also be fingerprinted by the Pennsylvania State Police, and background checked even though they had that when they bought the weapons in the first place. No applicant can be granted a registration certificate without that background check. The PA state police has 30 days to deny or approve the application (administratively that’s going to be an issue).

The certifications must be renewed ANNUALLY. Which means that every danged year the gun owners will have to do it all over again. And they have to do it no less than 60 days before the certificate expires.

Ammoland reported:

If the State Police rejects the person’s application, then they will have ten days to appeal the decision. The owner must turn their firearms into the State Police within three days of receiving notification of the rejection. If a person does not appeal the decision within ten days, their right is forfeit.

A gun owner cannot transfer any unregistered firearm. Anyone caught with an unregistered gun is guilty of a crime even if they are unaware of the firearm registration status. Also just holding an unregistered firearm at a range is a crime.

The gun owner must keep all firearms unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock. If a firearms owner doesn’t secure their firearm that way, they would be guilty of a crime. This rule even applies to homes with no children.

The gun owner has 48 hours to update the State Police if they change jobs, phone numbers, addresses, or anything else on the application. If they do not update the State Police, then they could be prosecuted for violating the law.

Will the legal gun owners of Pennsylvania comply with this blatant attempt to make their lives hell? Criminals won’t comply. Criminals will continue to do what they do. The bill makes no mention of how it will be enforced- and going door to door would be extremely hazardous for any law enforcement personnel.

But Democrats don’t want your guns, right? This is just one reason why the NRA stands against gun registries. If you live in Pennsylvania, call your representatives – your gun rights are in jeopardy.