2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 18 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
5515 - Prohibiting of paramilitary training.

     § 5515.  Prohibiting of paramilitary training.
        (a)  Definitions.--As used in this section the following
     words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
     subsection:
        "Civil disorder."  Any public disturbance involving acts of
     violence by assemblages of three or more persons, which causes
     an immediate danger of or results in damage or injury to the
     property or person of any other individual.
        "Explosive or incendiary device."  Includes:
            (1)  dynamite and all other forms of high explosives;
            (2)  any explosive bomb, grenade, missile or similar
        device; and
            (3)  any incendiary bomb or grenade, fire bomb or similar
        device, including any device which:
                (i)  consists of or includes a breakable container
            including a flammable liquid or compound and a wick
            composed of any material which, when ignited, is capable
            of igniting such flammable liquid or compound; and
                (ii)  can be carried or thrown by one individual
            acting alone.
        "Firearm."  Any weapon which is designed to or may readily be
     converted to expel any projectile by the action of an explosive;
     or the frame or receiver of any such weapon.
        "Law enforcement officer."  Any officer or employee of the
     United States, any state, any political subdivision of a state
     or the District of Columbia and such term shall specifically
     include, but shall not be limited to, members of the National
     Guard, as defined in 10 U.S.C. § 101(9), members of the
     organized militia of any state or territory of the United
     States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the District of
     Columbia, not included within the definition of National Guard
     as defined by 10 U.S.C. § 101(9) and members of the armed forces
     of the United States.
        (b)  Prohibited training.--
            (1)  Whoever teaches or demonstrates to any other person
        the use, application or making of any firearm, explosive or
        incendiary device or technique capable of causing injury or
        death to persons, knowing or having reason to know or
        intending that same will be unlawfully employed for use in,
        or in furtherance of, a civil disorder commits a misdemeanor
        of the first degree.
            (2)  Whoever assembles with one or more persons for the
        purpose of training with, practicing with or being instructed
        in the use of any firearm, explosive or incendiary device or
        technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, said
        person intending to employ unlawfully the same for use in or
        in furtherance of a civil disorder commits a misdemeanor of
        the first degree.
        (c)  Exemptions.--Nothing contained in this section shall
     make unlawful any act of any law enforcement officer which is
     performed in the lawful performance of his official duties.
        (d)  Excluded activities.--Nothing contained in this section
     shall make unlawful any activity of the Game Commission, Fish
     and Boat Commission, or any law enforcement agency, or any
     hunting club, rifle club, rifle range, pistol range, shooting
     range or other program or individual instruction intended to
     teach the safe handling or use of firearms, archery equipment or
     other weapons or techniques employed in connection with lawful
     sports or other lawful activities.
     (June 11, 1982, P.L.476, No.138, eff. 180 days; Mar. 19, 1992,
     P.L.18, No.7, eff. imd.)

        1992 Amendment.  Act 7 amended subsec. (d).
        1982 Amendment.  Act 138 added section 5515.
        Cross References.  Section 5515 is referred to in sections
     4906, 6105, 6120 of this title.

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