Lott criticizes state background check system at Pennsylvania gun rally
By Christen Smith
Popular pro-gun economist and author Dr. John Lott dumped on Pennsylvania’s background check system during a rally Tuesday at the state capitol.
During his nine-minute speech at the Make the Second Amendment Great Again rally, Lott praised law enforcement, challenged gun free zones and griped about the failures of the Pennsylvania Instant Criminal Check System, which costs state police about $7 million to operate each year.
“We know policing works,” Lott said Tuesday. “Why have police spend their time doing something that can’t solve one single crime?”
It’s a job gun rights advocates in Pennsylvania argue the FBI could do, as it does for 37 other states, and it would thwart just as many sales to criminals. Denials through both systems show near identical rates of just over 1 percent, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Two new legislative proposals — Senate Bill 224 and House Bill 763 — introduced in the General Assembly earlier this year would dissolve the state’s “duplicative, incompetent” background check system for good, though neither has seen any legislative action over the last two months.
PICS was implemented in 1998 as a replacement for the state’s mandatory five-day waiting period, costing the Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Division $120 million