State Representatives Mary Louise Isaacson (D), Angel Cruz (D), and Mary Jo Daley (D) introduced House Bill HB0768, known as the Firearms Registration Act. Even if you don’t believe that creating a state gun registry will bring us one step closer to the confiscation of every firearm in the state, you should be disturbed by all of infringements on our right to defend ourselves in this bill.
Along with the application that the gun owner must swear to under oath, the gun owner would have to submit fingerprints, two photographs that are no older than 30 days and go through a background check for each firearm that they own. This background check is the same one that they must go through to purchase a gun.
In addition to this requirement, they must also provide the Pennsylvania State Police with their home and work address, telephone number, social security number, date of birth, age, sex, and citizenship. This requirement is more information than a person needs to vote.
- If the State Police rejects the person’s application the owner must turn their firearms into the State Police within three days of receiving notification of the rejection.
- Anyone caught with an unregistered gun is guilty of a crime even if they are unaware of the firearm registration status; 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; even in 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.
- Gun owners are required to re-register their collection every single year. The fee would be ten dollars for each gun they own.
New York saw nearly one million firearms owners defy the state law to register their “assault weapons.” The same thing played out in Connecticut when only 50,000 out of 350,000 registered their semi-automatic rifles.
Expanding a registry to all firearms will be impossible to enforce without conducting door to door searches of houses. It is unclear how these Democrats plan to deal with this reality.
These Representatives all swore to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. How can they submit such a liberty stripping bill and claim they didn’t violate their oath of office?