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  1. The private sale of long guns does not require a background check under current Pennsylvania law. 18 PA. C.S.A. 6111 (f)(2); see also Pennsylvania State Police, Information for Pennsylvania Firearm Purchasers and Basic Firearm Safety.
  2. There is no waiting period required prior to purchasing a gun in Pennsylvania. 18 Pa. C.S.A. 6111 (no provision for a waiting period); see also
  3. Pennsylvania does not require any safety training or other firearms training prior to or simultaneous with purchasing a firearm. 18 PA C.S.A. 6111 (no provision requiring training).
  4. 1.7 million kids in America live in homes where there are loaded and unlocked firearms.
  5. Women are 5 times more likely to be killed by abusers when there is a gun in the home.  J.C. Campbell, S.W. Webster, J.Koziol-McLain, et al., “Risk factors for femicide within physically abuse intimate relationships: results from a multi-state case control study,” 93 Amer. J. of Public Health 1089-97 (2003).
  6. For every time a gun in the home is used in self-defense, there are 7 criminal assaults or homicides, 4 accidental shootings, and 11 attempted or completed suicides. Kellermann, Arthur L.MD, MPH, et al. “Injuries and Deaths Due to Firearms in the Home.” Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection, and Critical Care 45 (1998): 263-67; see also
  7. Every year in the U.S. there are about 30,000 car accident deaths and 30,000 gun deaths. Until recently, car accident deaths edged out gun deaths, but research reveals that in several states, including PA, gun deaths are overtaking deaths by automobile.
  8. 74% of NRA members and 82% of gun owners believe that individuals should undergo background checks before purchasing a firearm.;
  9. NRA leadership has advocated for more guns, arming teachers, and unrestricted carry rights.  See, for example,;;
  10. In 2012, the NRA spent $32 million to elect those supporting their agenda and to defeat those supporting commonsense gun policies.