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What You Should Know About Gun Registration Under the PA Uniform Firearms Act

The PA Uniform Firearms Act, in conjunction with the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968, prohibits certain people from possessing or controlling a firearm.

The Pennsylvania State Police, in the manner provided by law, must promulgate the rules and regulations necessary to carry out the Uniform Firearms Act, including regulations to ensure the identity, confidentiality, and security of all records and data provided in relation to the Uniform Firearms Act. In addition, the State Police has the responsibility to administer the provisions of the Uniform Firearms Act, including background checks. Any person who is denied the right to receive, sell, transfer, possess, carry, manufacture or purchase a firearm as a result of the procedures established by this statute may challenge the accuracy of that person's criminal history, juvenile delinquency history or mental health record pursuant to a denial by the instantaneous records check in accordance with procedures established by the Pennsylvania State Police.

The Penalty for violation is generally a misdemeanor of the First Degree, punishable by up to 5 years’ incarceration and a $10,000 fine.

Who May Not Possess?

Any person who has been convicted in any court, of a crime punishable by more than one year. A fugitive from justice. A person convicted of a controlled substance violation exceeding two years, including those who are addicted to any controlled substance. An illegal alien. Someone who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or involuntarily committed to a mental institution. Anyone who is subject to a Protection from Abuse Act Petition or convicted of an act of domestic violence. Those who were dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Service. Any person who has been convicted of three or more DUI’s in a three year period.

There are exceptions, defenses and, of course, procedures to apply for relief from the disabilities imposed.

If you have questions or concerns, you may contact us online or call (717) 545-3032.