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Pa. AG Shapiro, Gov. Wolf: '80 Percent' Receivers Are Firearms


January 2, 2020

Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Gov. Tom Wolf on Dec. 16 outlined a new legal opinion from the Attorney General’s Office addressing the classification of “80 percent receivers,” which are most commonly used to make unserialized “ghost guns.”

The opinion clarifies that, under the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act, these receivers are properly classified as firearms in Pennsylvania.

This opinion, in accordance with the Commonwealth Attorneys Act, was issued to tackle the growing use of untraceable “ghost guns” and to further assist law enforcement officials to protect peo...

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