HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM)– The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced on Thursday, Oct. 6 the number of firearm purchase details and investigations from July 1 to Sept. 30.
The Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) is used by licensed firearms dealers to determine whether someone can legally obtain a firearm through a purchase or a transfer.
In the third quarter, background checks through the PICS totaled 285,980.
In Pennsylvania, a person commits a third-degree felony if they provide false statements on any state or federal form or present false identification that is likely to deceive a firearm seller, licensed dealer, or licensed manufacturer.
Below is a chart that includes firearm denials and investigations for 2022, it also shows a comparison to the third quarter of 2021.
|Third Quarter PICS Statistics||2021||2022|
|Total number of PICS checks conducted||303,156||285,980|
|Total denials referred to law enforcement agencies||1,465||1,529|
|Referred to Pennsylvania State Police||356||363|
|Referred to local law enforcement||1,066||1,030|
|Referred to ATF||43||136|
|Arrests for a warrant at point of purchase||34||27|