Aug. 23, 2019

MEDIA – State Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) has renewed his push to close the gun show loophole for background checks.
Under current law, background checks are required in Pennsylvania for the private sales of handguns, including transactions at gun shows. Private sales of long guns are not required to undergo a background check.

Quinn has introduced House Bill 159, which would require background checks for private sales of long guns, including those sold at gun shows. As part of his renewed push toward passing House Bill 159, Quinn will appear on “@Issue” on NBC 10 this Sunday, Aug. 25, at 11:30 a.m.

“There is clearly a historic loophole in the law, and I believe this is a commonsense fix to ensure that only individuals who are legally qualified to purchase firearms can do so,” Quinn said. “This bill will help to ensure that firearms cannot continue to be purchased illegally.”

Currently, handgun sales between parents and children or grandparents and grandchildren as well as sales between two registered law enforcement officers do not require background checks. House Bill 159 would keep the same exemptions for long guns, Quinn said.
Under current law, long guns are defined in Pennsylvania as pistols with a barrel of 15 inches or longer, a rifle with a barrel of 16 inches or longer, a shotgun with a barrel of 18 inches or longer, or any firearm that is longer than 26 inches in total.

Additionally, House Bill 159 would allow individuals at a gun show to secure one background check for a 72-hour period to be used on multiple purchases at that show.

“Allowing people to go through one background check for the entire show is a compromise aimed at helping law-abiding gun owners,” Quinn said. “Gun reform is a difficult and politically volatile endeavor, so anytime we can work toward a compromise that brings both sides together, we need to do so.

“I am in conversation with leadership in Harrisburg, and I hope that we can move this bill forward when we return to Harrisburg in the fall.”

Representative Chris Quinn
168th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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