PSP announce firearms purchase denials decreased last quarter

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HARRISBURG – On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) saw another decline during the third quarter of 2021 after record-breaking previous quarters.

In addition, PSP released the number of firearms purchase denials, subsequent investigations and arrests that resulted from investigations for the period of July 1 through Sept. 30.

In the third quarter of 2021, PICS completed 303,156 background checks, which is less than the previous four quarters. Prior to the second quarter of 2021, where 334,108 background checks were completed, PICS activity hit record-setting highs in three consecutive quarters with:

  • 427,450 background checks during the first quarter of 2021
  • 420,581 background checks in the fourth quarter of 2020
  • 406,151 background checks in the third quarter of 2020.

To compare the statistics from last quarter to this time in 2020:

Third Quarter PICS Statistics20202021
Total number of PICS checks conducted406,151303,156
     Number of persons denied6,9505,545
Total number of denials referred to law enforcement agencies1,5101,465
     Referred to Pennsylvania State Police450356
     Referred to Local Law Enforcement1,0321,066
     Referred to ATF2843
Number of individuals arrested for a warrant at point of purchase9334

In Pennsylvania, a person commits a felony of the third degree if they make a false statement — oral or written — on any federal or state agency form. This also applies to if they willfully present false identification that is likely to deceive a firearm seller, licensed dealer, or licensed manufacturer.

This leads to an investigation, and an investigation referral is sent to the corresponding law enforcement agency. In addition, during the background check process, individuals may be identified for an active arrest warrant.

To look at the statistics from previous quarters, click HERE.

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