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State of Pennsylvania. 2012 ‘18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6113), etc..’ Firearms Law Database - Retention of Sales and Background Check Records in Pennsylvania. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 3 January
Retention of Sales and Background Check Records in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania law states that a firearms dealer's state license will be revoked if the licensee fails to keep a record in triplicate of every firearm sold and retain the records for 20 years.
Pennsylvania law also requires firearm dealers to provide a record of the sale of any handgun or certain other firearms to the Firearms Division of the Pennsylvania State Police ("PSP"), which maintains a permanent database of these sales. Generally, no record of sale is completed for the purchase of a long gun; however, PSP must destroy any record of sale of a long gun within 72 hours of the background check.
Regarding long guns, the dealer must submit a statement to PSP within 14 days of the sale, containing the number of long guns sold, the amount of surcharge and other fees remitted and a list of the unique approval numbers given, together with a statement that the background checks have been performed on the firearms contained in the statement. PSP promulgates a form for this statement…