(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com)– Pennsylvania State Police announced Thursday the number of denied firearm purchases and their subsequent investigations for the third quarter of this year.
During the third quarter of 2023, 242,090 checks were conducted using the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) with 3,539 persons being denied and 2,539 of those denials being referred to law enforcement.
The amount of checks conducted and persons denied both decreased from 2022 where 285,980 checks were conducted and 242,090 checks conducted in 2023’s third quarter. 4,437 persons were denied during the 2022 third quarter and 3,539 denied during the 2023 third quarter.
However, more than 1,000 more denials were reported to law enforcement during the 2023 third quarter compared to 2022’s with 2,539 this year and 1,529 last year.
County sheriffs, police chiefs of first-class cities, and licensed firearms dealers use PICS, to determine a person’s legal ability to get a license to carry firearms or obtain them through a purchase or transfer.
The complete breakdown of third quarter statistics can be viewed below.
|PICS checks conducted||285,980||242,090|
|Denials referred to law enforcement agencies||1,529||2,539|
|Referred to Pennsylvania State Police||363||896|
|Referred to municipal law enforcement||1,030||1,526|
|Referred to ATF||136||117|
|Individuals arrested for a warrant at point of purchase||27||18|
For more information on PICS as well as carrying firearms, check out the PSP website.