FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 27, 2022

 

State Police Announce Quarterly Firearms Purchase Denial Investigations

 

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) conducted 337,911 background checks during the fourth quarter, which is an 11% increase from the previous quarter. In addition, PSP released the number of firearms purchase denials, subsequent investigations, and arrests that resulted from investigations for the fourth quarter of 2021.

 

Established in 1998, 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.

 

Statistics for the fourth quarter of 2020 are included for comparison.

 

Fourth Quarter PICS Statistics

2020

2021

Total number of PICS checks conducted

420,581

337,911

     Number of persons denied

7,458

5,330

Total number of denials referred to law enforcement agencies

1,317

1,380

     Referred to Pennsylvania State Police

352

329

     Referred to Local Law Enforcement

932

1,015

     Referred to ATF

33

36

Number of individuals arrested for a warrant at point of purchase

52

13

 

In Pennsylvania, 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 if they willfully present false identification that is likely to deceive a firearm seller, licensed dealer, or licensed manufacturer. When an individual provides 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. In addition, during the background check process, individuals may be identified as having an active warrant for their arrest.

 

Additional Information

 

First Quarter 2021 PICS Statistics

Second Quarter 2021 PICS Statistics

Third Quarter 2021 PICS Statistics

Pennsylvania Instant Check System Annual Reports

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Corporal Brent Miller or Lieutenant Adam Reed, 717-783-5556, ra-pspcomm@pa.gov

 

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