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§ 6105.  Persons Not To Possess, Use, Manufacture, Control, Sell Or Transfer Firearms

18 Pa. C.S. § 6105 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code governs who may not possess, use, control, sell or transfer firearms.  Under the statute, specific persons are forbidden from handling firearms.  The term “firearm” is broadly defined.

The statue explicitly makes it a crime for people convicted of the following crimes to handle firearms:

  • Section 908 (relating to prohibited offensive weapons).
  • Section 911 (relating to corrupt organizations).
  • Section 912 (relating to possession of weapon on school property).
  • Section 2502 (relating to murder).
  • Section 2503 (relating to voluntary manslaughter).
  • Section 2504 (relating to involuntary manslaughter) if the offense is based on the reckless use of a firearm.
  • Section 2702 (relating to aggravated assault).
  • Section 2703 (relating to assault by prisoner).
  • Section 2704 (relating to assault by life prisoner).
  • Section 2709.1 (relating to stalking).
  • Section 2716 (relating to weapons of mass destruction).
  • Section 2901 (relating to kidnapping).
  • Section 2902 (relating to unlawful restraint).
  • Section 2910 (relating to luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure).
  • Section 3121 (relating to rape).
  • Section 3123 (relating to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse).
  • Section 3125 (relating to aggravated indecent assault).
  • Section 3301 (relating to arson and related offenses).
  • Section 3302 (relating to causing or risking catastrophe).
  • Section 3502 (relating to burglary).
  • Section 3503 (relating to criminal trespass) if the offense is graded a felony of the second degree or higher.
  • Section 3701 (relating to robbery).
  • Section 3702 (relating to robbery of motor vehicle).
  • Section 3921 (relating to theft by unlawful taking or disposition) upon conviction of the second felony offense.
  • Section 3923 (relating to theft by extortion) when the offense is accompanied by threats of violence.
  • Section 3925 (relating to receiving stolen property) upon conviction of the second felony offense.
  • Section 4906 (relating to false reports to law enforcement authorities) if the fictitious report involved the theft of a firearm as provided in section 4906(c)(2).
  • Section 4912 (relating to impersonating a public servant) if the person is impersonating a law enforcement officer.
  • Section 4952 (relating to intimidation of witnesses or victims).
  • Section 4953 (relating to retaliation against witness, victim or party).
  • Section 5121 (relating to escape).
  • Section 5122 (relating to weapons or implements for escape).
  • Section 5501(3) (relating to riot).
  • Section 5515 (relating to prohibiting of paramilitary training).
  • Section 5516 (relating to facsimile weapons of mass destruction).
  • Section 6110.1 (relating to possession of firearm by minor).
  • Section 6301 (relating to corruption of minors).
  • Section 6302 (relating to sale or lease of weapons and explosives).

(18 Pa. C.S. § 6105)
The statute further forbids illegal immigrants, fugitives from justice, persons convicted of certain drug offenses, person involuntarily committed, as well as persons adjudicated incompetent from dealing in firearms.  The statute is highly specific and has different penalties for different offenders.  Additionally, some members of the prohibited class may petition the court for the right to carry a firearm.  For example, people involuntarily committed may appear before a judge and make a showing that firearm ownership will not threaten themselves or others.  The judge may then reinstate the individuals right to carry.  If you have any questions about § 6105, contact the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos for more information at (267) 535-9776.  We have Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys in Center City ready to take your call.