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Illinois-Style Gun Control Heading For Pennsylvania — Get Ready For ‘Firearm Eligibility License’ And Other Junk Heading Your Way!


PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — A little known bill has reached the Senate Judiciary Committee of Pennsylvania legislature.  Nestled within its insidious pages are provisions that would greatly restrict and infringe the gun rights of every Pennsylvania resident.  Senate Bill 1029 was first introduced by Senators Art Haywood and Vincent Hughes on October 9, 2015 and quickly passed to the judiciary committee without so much as a peep from the other senators.

What’s in SB 1029?  We’ve included a link to the full text of the bill here.   Read it for yourself but it looks like a major shift into New Jersey-style firearms restrictions that up to this point had not affected most Pennsylvanians.  SB 1029 looks like it intends to amend the ability to gain access to training, firearms, and even a concealed carry permit.

Let’s start off with the new ‘Firearm Eligibility License’…  It’s meant as one of many additional amendments to Section 1. Section 6102 of Title 18 of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.  It reads:

“Firearm eligibility license.”  A license issued by the
commissioner that authorizes a person to purchase, possess,
control or use a firearm.

This looks strangely similar to Illinois’ FOID license — required by all residents in order to obtain or purchase a firearm.  However, Pennsylvania goes ONE STEP FURTHER by regulating the mere possession of a firearm!

Let’s go further down this dark rabbit hole…

(Underlined text shows what’s being amended in this bill)

Section 4.  Section 6106(a) of Title 18 is amended to read:
§ 6106.  Firearms not to be carried without a license.
(a)  Offense defined.–
(1)  Except as provided in paragraph (2), any person who carries a firearm in any vehicle or any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person, except in his place of abode or fixed place of business, without a valid and lawfully issued license [under this chapter] to carry under section 6109 (relating to license to carry) commits a felony of the third degree.
(2)  A person who is otherwise eligible to possess a valid license [under this chapter] to carry under section 6109 but carries a firearm in any vehicle or any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person, except in his place of abode or fixed place of business, without a valid and lawfully issued license to carry and has not committed any other criminal violation commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.

So if this bill passes, Pennsylvanians who transport firearms in their vehicles and do not have a Firearm Eligibility Card will be convicted of a third degree felony offense.

Want a Firearm Eligibility Card?  You’re going to need one just to possess a gun now.  That’s $50 upfront and $30 to renew.  Then there’s administrative fees, Sheriff’s Fee, and other assorted fees.


You also have to complete required mandatory training prior to even applying.  So you can’t just go to a gun store, purchase a gun, and then take training — it has to be done before you even are allowed access to the firearm.

This is by far one of the most insidious, draconian set of laws that’s silently weaving it’s way through the Pennsylvanian legislature and we certainly call upon any in that state to oppose it whole-heartedly.

Senate Bill 1029 will make the ownership of firearms cost-prohibitive, extremely invasive, and mired in as much bureaucratic garbage as New Jersey and Maryland.  Effectively, it would still remain a “shall permit” for concealed carriers but the number of steps towards becoming a law-abiding concealed carrier in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is about to get a whole lot more fraught with needless restrictions on firearms.

Feel free to reach out to Senator Art Haywood and Senator Vincent Hughes through the following channels:

Senator Art Haywood — Contact Info

Senate Box 203004
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3004
Room: 184 Main Capitol
(717) 787-1427
FAX: (717) 772-0572


1168 Easton Road
Roslyn, PA 19001
(215) 517-1434
FAX: (215) 517-1439

Senator Vincent Hughes — Contact Info

Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Room: 545 Main Capitol
(717) 787-7112
FAX: (717) 772-0579


4950 Parkside Avenue
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 879-7777
FAX: (215) 879-7778

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  • Rick

    What part of “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” don’t they understand?

  • Victor

    These people have lost their minds. I live here in Pennsylvania and I am not up for that.

  • Steven M Wolfe

    First off, we have large republican majorities in both the House of Representatives and the PA State Senate.
    Secondly it’s been almost 120 days past due for the State Budget.
    Do you really think that anything will get passed anytime soon when it comes to guns?
    I highly doubt it.
    The current proposals for gun control legislation in either house will die in committee and lucky to ever go to the floor for a vote.
    Plus the Legislature knows full damn well , like with what happened during the midnight pay raise in 2005. People will get involved and go grassroots and put new candidates on the ballot to run any assholes who try to fuck with our Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties out of town.

  • HSR47

    The proposed modification you cite to § 6106 is relatively minor, and by context intended to clarify that the proposed FOID-style card is not a license to carry firearms (as defined by § 6109). I suggest you actually go read the presently enacted version of PA C.S. Title 18 § 6106, which can be found here:

    Further, to understand it better, you’d do well to read the definition of “firearm” contained in § 6102 of the same title.

    The statutory issues surrounding the transport of firearms predate this bill, and also appear to be completely unaffected by it.

  • Go Faster

    Four letters that can stop 99.9% of the idiotic bills they want to pass. VOTE, know the facts and VOTE

  • hwt123

    US has been under military rule & martial law since 1861,..

    Under international law, every ship at sea or anywhere laws are written or enforced must hang a flag to declare the laws & jurisdiction under the flag.

    The flag of red white & blue declares common law jurisdiction & is supreme law of the land.

    US laws are written & enforced under a different flag, a flag with 4 colors which is a military flag declaring the laws come from the sea not from the land, under the international jurisdiction of the sea, Martial Law folks.….

    World bank whistle blower Karen Hudes has exposed US inc founded in the act of 1871, 2 constitutions & BAR AKA British Accreditation Registry serving the Vatican using war powers in the courts, Admiralty courts where judge is captain & all are subject to the laws of the ship
    Both the judge & attorney from BAR pledge their oath to the bankers & both profit from every case won for the 1933 bankruptcy trust,

    Here is the “legal system” BAR uses in their military Admiralty courts at sea

    Bankers are panicked for a reason & must confiscate the weapons, everything confiscated using war powers must be returned when the civil war finally ends…

    • Ethan

      You may be making sense to yourself, but the rest of us have can’t understand you through all the layers of tin foil.

      Take it down a notch please. Or six.

      • hwt123

        Follow world bank whistle blower Karen Hudes, it took me years of following her to put this together…

    • HSR47

      I have to agree with Ethan.

      Still, for science, which is better: Shiny side out, or shiny side in?

  • Some Rabbit

    Why write to the sponsors of the bill? Clearly they don’t care what we think. Besides, their stupid bill stands ZERO chance of getting out of committee, let alone being passed by both (GOP controlled) houses and winding up on Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

    Just more Democrat masturbation fantasy on display.

  • Chessienut

    Aren’t the clowns who introduce this rubbish violating their oath of office which states they will defend and protect the Constitution’s of both the U.S. and the state when they introduce laws to subvert the intent of both? “Shall not be questioned and Shall not be infringed upon” states the true intent of both documents. Impeach the bastards for violating their oath of office.

  • Michael

    The time and energy wasted on this Constitutionally protected right is staggering. This effort could really do some good somewhere else, like employing people and aiding the mentally ill for starters

  • Edward Moore

    Even if this legislation will never see the light of day, it is important to expose our opposition lest we become complacent. Progressives are organized, well funded and relentless. We already lost the governorship. If Democrats ever lie their way to a majority in the PA Legislature, this type of infringement will be all too real.

  • Scruffy638

    This is in direct violation of the Constitution of the State of Pennsylvania. To enact this law would be to violate the state constitution, which explicitly states this right cannot be amended, thereby making the entire government f Pennsylvania illegal for attempting to bypass it.

    • HSR47

      No, article 1 section 21 states that the right to keep and bear arms “shall not be questioned.”

    • knighttemplar01

      We currently have a “very” wealthy progressive liberal democrat as governor. Look at what MacAuliffe is trying to pull in Virginia. All democrats in positions of power from obama on down are governing by executive order, they are bypassing or ignoring the various national and state Constitutions, they need us disarmed to move their agenda “forward”.

  • koine2002

    Sending a bill to committee is a pretty routine procedure for about any bill in just about any legislature. There is rarely any sort of objections. Furthermore, if one objects or raises a point of order, his/her colleagues will notice and be sure return the favor. Very few actually get a hearing or vote in committee. Most that make it out of committee will never get a vote as the speaker (or president) will schedule them so as to be sure that they’re behind controversial bills that make the deadline on the bill pass. It almost happened in Texas with the Open Carry and campus carry bills this last session. Democrats chubbed on a pointless bill for hours to try to keep a vote from happening on campus carry.

  • Erin Juliano

    In Illinois, you must have a FOID card to purchase ammo or handle a gun at a gun shop. Oh, and if you are under 21, Active Duty military and married, your parent still has to sign your paperwork to get a FOID card…Go Illinois! This is one reason why I am moving to Missouri!