Murt to Back Legislation to Prosecute Those Who Falsify Gun Purchase Paperwork
1/17/2014
HARRISBURG -- Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) will co-sponsor legislation to amend the Uniform Firearms Act of 1995 to help law enforcement prosecute felons who attempt to purchase guns.

“While firearms dealers see a number of denials, there is no follow-up on those who provide false information on their paperwork,” Murt said.

Firearm dealers are given no specifics as to why a firearm purchaser is denied. Neither is there much, if any, follow-up and few, if any, prosecutions for persons who provide false information on their paperwork.

“The law is clear,” Murt said. “It is a felony of the third degree to make materially false statements on the state and federal forms or providing false identification for the purchase of a firearm. But what is the point if those who violate the law are not prosecuted?”

This legislation would require the Pennsylvania State Police to provide the Office of Attorney General data on denials when convicted felons attempt to purchase firearms. The Attorney General would then have the duty to investigate the incident and make a determination of whether there is enough evidence to prosecute the applicant for a violation.

The bill will be introduced in the coming weeks.

Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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