PA Democrat Re-Launches Effort to Create Gun Registry

Since he first took office in 2001, Pennsylvania State Representative Angel Cruz has made it a point to advocate for gun control. But some say his latest efforts show how desperate the movement is to cram infringements down gun owners’ throats at the state level.


House Bill 610, also known as the Firearm Registration Act, aims to give the Pennsylvania State Police the right to maintain a registry of all guns and gun owners in a central database.

In part, the bill states:

“No person within this Commonwealth may possess, harbor, have under the person’s control, transfer, offer for sale, sell, give, deliver or accept a firearm unless the person is the holder of a valid registration certificate for the firearm.”

A re-launch of 2016’s expired House Bill 503, Cruz’s HB 610 would also require Pennsylvanians abide by the following gun laws:

  • A photo ID specifically for gun ownership
  • Fingerprinting of every gun owner
  • Separate, state-issued, $10 certificates for every gun owned by an individual
  • Annual renewal of gun registrations
  • All guns to be unloaded and disabled, unless in the immediate possession of the owner

The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 24, 2017.

If you live in Pennsylvania, please contact your State Representative today and tell them you do not support HB 610.

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