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    22 in Pennsylvania arrested on warrants while purchasing firearms

    By Bill Shannon,


    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Nearly two dozen people were arrested on warrants while trying to buy a firearm in 2024, Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) revealed.

    While there were 22 arrested in the first quarter of 2022, that’s down from 25 in the first quarter of 2023, PSP data shows. 3,776 background checks through the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) were denied.

    PICS determines someone’s legal ability to buy and carry a firearm. When someone provides false information, an investigation is initiated.

    Below is the first quarter of 2024 compared to the first quarter of 2023.

    2023 2024
    PICS Checks Conducted 327,272 287,645
    Persons Denied 4,645 3,776
    Denials referred to law enforcement agencies 2,121 2,456
    Referred to PSP 455 971
    Referred to municipal law enforcement 1,525 1,358
    Referred to ATF 141 127
    Individuals arrested for a warrant at point of purchase 25 22

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    Under Pennsylvania law, making false statements on a federal or state agency form or presenting false identification is a felony offense. During the PICS process, some individuals are identified as having an active warrant for their arrest, state police said.

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