2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 18 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
Chapter 9 - Inchoate Crimes
907 - Possessing instruments of crime.

     § 907.  Possessing instruments of crime.
        (a)  Criminal instruments generally.--A person commits a
     misdemeanor of the first degree if he possesses any instrument
     of crime with intent to employ it criminally.
        (b)  Possession of weapon.--A person commits a misdemeanor of
     the first degree if he possesses a firearm or other weapon
     concealed upon his person with intent to employ it criminally.
        (c)  Unlawful body armor.--A person commits a felony of the
     third degree if in the course of the commission of a felony or
     in the attempt to commit a felony he uses or wears body armor or
     has in his control, custody or possession any body armor.
        (d)  Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
     words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
     subsection:
        "Body armor."  Any protective covering for the body, or parts
     thereof, made of any polyaramid fiber or any resin-treated glass
     fiber cloth or any material or combination of materials made or
     designed to prevent, resist, deflect or deter the penetration
     thereof by ammunition, knife, cutting or piercing instrument or
     any other weapon.
        "Instrument of crime."  Any of the following:
            (1)  Anything specially made or specially adapted for
        criminal use.
            (2)  Anything used for criminal purposes and possessed by
        the actor under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for
        lawful uses it may have.
        "Weapon."  Anything readily capable of lethal use and
     possessed under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for
     lawful uses which it may have. The term includes a firearm which
     is not loaded or lacks a clip or other component to render it
     immediately operable, and components which can readily be
     assembled into a weapon.
     (July 6, 1995, P.L.238, No.27, eff. 60 days; July 11, 1996,
     P.L.552, No.98, eff. 60 days)

        1996 Amendment.  Act 98 overlooked the amendment by Act 27 of
     1995, but the amendments do not conflict in substance and have
     both been given effect in setting forth the text of section 907.
        Cross References.  Section 907 is referred to in section 912
     of this title; section 6102 of Title 23 (Domestic Relations).

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