PSP say that over 3,700 people denied firearm purchases in Q1 alone

11 April 2024- The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced today the number of firearms purchase denials and subsequent investigations for the first quarter of 2024.

The Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) is used by county sheriffs, chiefs of police of cities of the first class, and licensed firearms dealers to determine an individual’s legal ability to acquire a license to carry firearms or to obtain a firearm through a purchase or transfer. When an individual attempts to provide 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.

Under Pennsylvania law, a person commits a felony of the third degree if they make false statements on a federal or state agency form or willfully present false identification that is likely to deceive the seller, licensed dealer, or licensed manufacturer. During the PICS process, some individuals are identified as having an active warrant for their arrest as well.

For the first quarter, the following investigations were initiated by the PSP Firearms Division and referred to PSP Troops, municipal police departments, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for further investigation and possible prosecution.

Table 1: Q1 2024 PICS statistics, compared to Q1 2023

PICS Checks Conducted327,272287,645
Persons Denied4,6453,776
Denials referred to law enforcement agencies2,1212,456
Referred to PSP455971
Referred to municipal law enforcement1,5251,358
Referred to ATF141127
Individuals arrested for a warrant at point of purchase2522

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