A record number of gun background checks were performed in Pennsylvania between July and September.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The Pa. State Police announced that the third quarter of 2020, between July 1 and September 30, was the busiest in the history of the Pennsylvania Instant Check System.

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“We began to see an increase of PICS activity in the first quarter as Pennsylvania and the rest of the country began learning about the COVID-19 pandemic, and that trend has continued,” said Captain Mark Shaver, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Records and Identification.

The Pennsylvania Instant Check System is used to determine a person’s legal ability to carry a firearm and purchase a firearm.

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Between July 1 and September 30, the Pennsylvania Instan Check System completed 406,151 background checks, the highest total in a quarter since 2013 when the first quarter performed 369,807.

During the third quarter of 2020, of the 406,151 background checks, 6,950 were denied a license, and 93 of the applicants were arrested for an outstanding warrant at the point of purchase, according to state police.

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Full statistics can be found on the Pennsylvania State Police website.