By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The Pennsylvania State Police announced that the fourth quarter of 2020 was the busiest in the history of their firearm background check system, the Pennsylvania Instant Check System.READ MORE: Holiday Lights Event Returns To Kennywood
This was the second straight record-setting quarter, beating the record set in the third quarter of 2020.
According to state police, 420,581 checks were conducted between October 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.READ MORE: Farmers Across Pittsburgh Team Up With The Food Bank To Help Families In Need
Of those 420,581 checks, 7,458 persons were denied and 1,317 were referred to law enforcement agencies.
“Our department is proud of PICS and the men and women behind the system who worked hard to meet record-setting demand throughout 2020,” said Captain Mark Shaver, assistant director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Records and Identification. “For the year, we saw a 47 percent increase in PICS requests from 2019, and the team stepped up to answer the call during a global pandemic.”MORE NEWS: Person Hit, Killed By Driver Of Vehicle In Monroeville On Route 22
The full statistics for the fourth quarter in 2020 can be found on the Pennsylvania State Police’s website.