Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Order Adds Long Guns to Background Checks in Pa

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Order Adds Long Guns to Background Checks in Pa

Article excerpt

President Barack Obama's directive tightening federal regulations on gun dealers and background checks drew lukewarm reaction in Pennsylvania, where it would affect only private sales of rifles, shotguns and other long guns.

Pennsylvania law already requires a background check for all handgun sales. If the purchase is arranged online, between neighbors or at a gun show, the seller must get a third party, typically a licensed dealer or local law enforcement, to complete a background check on the seller and broker the transaction.

Tom Clayton, owner of Clayton's Hunting and Fishing in Willow Grove north of Philadelphia, said his store already processes several private sales a day and encourages customers to get cleared for long guns even if it wasn't legally required. …

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