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01/08/2019

State Police Announces Quarterly Firearms Purchase Denial Investigations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2019
 
State Police Announces Quarterly Firearms Purchase Denial Investigations
 
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police announced the number of firearms purchase denials, subsequent investigations, and arrests resulting from such investigations for the fourth quarter of 2018.
 
The Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) is used by county sheriffs, chiefs of police of cities of the first class, and licensed firearms dealers in Pennsylvania to determine an individual’s legal ability to acquire a license to carry firearms or obtain a firearm through a purchase or transfer.
 
When an individual provides false information on a state and/or federal form, an investigation is initiated, and an investigation referral is sent to the corresponding law enforcement agency.
 
In Pennsylvania, a person commits a felony of the third degree if they make a false oral or written statement on any federal or state agency form or willfully presents false identification that is likely to deceive a firearm seller, licensed dealer, or licensed manufacturer. During the PICS process, individuals may also be identified as having an active warrant for their arrest.
 
During the fourth quarter of 2018, the following investigations were initiated by the state police Firearms Division and referred to troops, municipal police departments, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for further investigation and possible prosecution. Comparison for the fourth quarter of 2017 is included.
 
Fourth Quarter PICS Statistics
2017
2018
Total number of PICS checks conducted
297,878
271,730
     Number of persons denied
3,036
2,855
Total number of denials referred to law enforcement agencies
1,630
1,206
     Referred to Pennsylvania State Police
578
389
     Referred to Local Law Enforcement
1,052
786
     Referred to ATF
0
31
Number of individuals arrested for a warrant at point of purchase
40
43
 
MEDIA CONTACT:  Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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