2010 Pennsylvania Code
Chapter 61 - Firearms and Other Dangerous Articles
6102 - Definitions.

     § 6102.  Definitions.
        Subject to additional definitions contained in subsequent
     provisions of this subchapter which are applicable to specific
     provisions of this subchapter, the following words and phrases,
     when used in this subchapter shall have, unless the context
     clearly indicates otherwise, the meanings given to them in this
        "Commissioner."  The Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State
        "Commonwealth Photo Imaging Network."  The computer network
     administered by the Commonwealth and used to record and store
     digital photographs of an individual's face and any scars,
     marks, tattoos or other unique features of the individual.
        "Conviction."  A conviction, a finding of guilty or the
     entering of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, whether or not
     judgment of sentence has been imposed, as determined by the law
     of the jurisdiction in which the prosecution was held. The term
     does not include a conviction which has been expunged or
     overturned or for which an individual has been pardoned unless
     the pardon expressly provides that the individual may not
     possess or transport firearms.
        "County treasurer."  The county treasurer or, in home rule or
     optional plan counties, the person whose duties encompass those
     of a county treasurer.
        "Crime punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year."  The
     term does not include any of the following:
            (1)  Federal or State offenses pertaining to antitrust,
        unfair trade practices, restraints on trade or regulation of
            (2)  State offenses classified as misdemeanors and
        punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed two years.
        "Firearm."  Any pistol or revolver with a barrel length less
     than 15 inches, any shotgun with a barrel length less than 18
     inches or any rifle with a barrel length less than 16 inches, or
     any pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun with an overall length of
     less than 26 inches. The barrel length of a firearm shall be
     determined by measuring from the muzzle of the barrel to the
     face of the closed action, bolt or cylinder, whichever is
        "Fund."  The Firearm Ownership Fund established in section
     6111.3 (relating to Firearm Ownership Fund).
        "Law enforcement officer."  Any person employed by any police
     department or organization of the Commonwealth or political
     subdivision thereof who is empowered to effect an arrest with or
     without warrant and who is authorized to carry a firearm in the
     performance of that person's duties.
        "Loaded."  A firearm is loaded if the firing chamber, the
     nondetachable magazine or, in the case of a revolver, any of the
     chambers of the cylinder contain ammunition capable of being
     fired. In the case of a firearm which utilizes a detachable
     magazine, the term shall mean a magazine suitable for use in
     said firearm which magazine contains such ammunition and has
     been inserted in the firearm or is in the same container or,
     where the container has multiple compartments, the same
     compartment thereof as the firearm.
        "Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association."  The State association
     of sheriffs authorized by the act of June 14, 1923 (P.L.774,
     No.305), entitled "An act authorizing the sheriffs of the
     several counties of this Commonwealth to organize themselves
     into a State Association, for the purpose of holding annual
     meetings, to secure more uniformity and cooperation in the
     conduct of their offices, and providing for the payment of
     certain expenses in connection with such meetings by the various
        "Safekeeping permit."  As defined in 23 Pa.C.S. § 6102
     (relating to definitions).
            (1)  Except as provided in paragraph (2), the sheriff of
        the county.
            (2)  In a city of the first class, the chief or head of
        the police department.
        "State."  When used in reference to different parts of the
     United States, includes the District of Columbia, the
     Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and territories and possessions of
     the United States.
     (Dec. 19, 1988, P.L.1275, No.158, eff. 180 days; June 13, 1995,
     1st Sp.Sess., P.L.1024, No.17, eff. 120 days; Nov. 22, 1995,
     P.L.621, No.66, eff. imd.; Nov. 10, 2005, P.L.335, No.66, eff.
     180 days)

        2005 Amendment.  Act 66 added the defs. of "Commonwealth
     Photo Imaging Network," "Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association,"
     "safekeeping permit" and "state."
        1995 Amendment.  Act 66 added the defs. of "law enforcement
     officer" and "loaded."
        Cross References.  Section 6102 is referred to in sections
     6105.1, 6106.1, 6111, 6111.1, 6113, 6121, 6141.1, 6142 of this

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