The Pennsylvania Instant Check System, or PICS, is used to determine if a person is eligible to buy a firearm or obtain a concealed carry license. State officials say they want to ensure the system works as it should.
(TNS) — Pennsylvania’s auditor general is launching a review of the state’s instant background check system for firearm purchases.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is conducting the review at the request of a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, but not as the result of problems or complaints about how the system is operated.
The Pennsylvania Instant Check System, or PICS, is used to determine if a person is eligible to buy a firearm or obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm.
“The purpose of my audit is to make sure the PICS system is working as intended and has kept up with changing technology,” DePasquale said in a news release. “I want to ensure there are no gaps in the system that could result in a tragic loss of life.”
DePasquale’s audit will:
During the first quarter of this year, state police conducted more than 266,000 instant background checks. Of that number, 3,260 people were denied.
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