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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2023 ‘Universal Background Checks in Pennsylvania.’ Background Checks. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 30 September
Private Sales in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, an unlicensed seller may only sell a handgun or short-barreled rifle or shotgun to an unlicensed purchaser at the place of business of a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or county sheriff's office.
The licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or sheriff must comply with all of the dealer regulations set forth in the Pennsylvania Dealer Regulations section, including a background check on prospective purchaser. These requirements do not apply to transfers between spouses, parents and children, and grandparents and grandchildren. These requirements also do not generally apply to transfers of long guns.
Any seller who knowingly and intentionally delivers a firearm to an individual who is not eligible to possess a firearm commits a third degree felony.
No seller may deliver a handgun or short-barreled rifle or shotgun to the purchaser or transferee unless the firearm is securely wrapped and unloaded…
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