Pennsylvania State Police announced today the number of firearms purchase denials, subsequent investigations, and arrests as a result of such investigations for the third quarter of 2016.
In Pennsylvania, 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 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.
According to Pennsylvania law, 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 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.
During the third quarter, 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.
2016 Third Quarter Results
3,044 Persons denied
1,049 Referred to Pennsylvania State Police
555 Referred to local law enforcement
3 Referred to ATF
192 Prosecutions initiated on prior referrals
26 Individuals arrested for a warrant at point of purchase
Comparison for the third quarter of 2015 is included.
3rd QUARTER STATISTICS (YEARLY COMPARISON)
TOTAL NUMBER OF PICS CHECKS CONDUCTED
NUMBER OF PERSONS DENIED
TOTAL NUMBER OF DENIALS REFERRED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
REFERRED TO PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE
REFERRED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
REFERRED TO ATF
PROSECUTIONS INITIATED ON PRIOR REFERRALS
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED FOR A WARRANT AT POINT OF PURCHASE