Pennsylvania HB 1289 - Prohibited Weapons


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Section 1. Section 908(c) of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania 7 Consolidated Statutes is amended and subsection (b) is amended 8 by adding a paragraph to read: 9 908. Prohibited offensive weapons. 10 * * * 11 (b) Exceptions.-12 * * * 13 (4) This section shall not apply to possession of an 14 accelerated trigger activator purchased or otherwise obtained 15 by the defendant prior to the effective date of this 16 paragraph. 17 (c) Definitions.—As used in this section, the following

words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:

”Accelerated trigger activator.” A part or combination of parts designed and intended to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm to simulate the rate of fire of a machinegun.

”Firearm.” Any weapon which is designed to or may readily be converted to expel any projectile by the action of an explosive or the frame or receiver of any such weapon.

”Machinegun.” As defined in section 201 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. 5845).

”Offensive weapons.” Any bomb, grenade, machine gun,machinegun, accelerated trigger activator, sawed-off shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches, firearm specially made or specially adapted for concealment or silent discharge, any blackjack, sandbag, metal knuckles, dagger, knife, razor or cutting instrument, the blade of which is exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, spring mechanism, or otherwise, any stun gun, stun baton, taser or other electronic or electric weapon or other implement for the infliction of serious bodily injury which serves no common lawful purpose.

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Section 2. Within 10 days of the effective date of this section, the Attorney General shall transmit notice describing in detail the contents of this act to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Section 3. This act shall take effect as follows:

(1) The following shall take effect immediately: (i) Section 2 of this act. (ii) This section.

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1 (2) The remainder of this act shall take effect 30 days 2 after the publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin of the 3 notice under section 2 of this act.