Pennsylvania State Police Releases Form for Purchase of “Partially-Manufactured Frame or Receiver for a Pistol or Rifle”

Today, we became aware that on or about January 9, 2020, a letter sent out by the Pennsylvania State Police (“PSP”) to Federal Firearms Licensees (“FFLs”) that pursuant to what it refers to as “the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s binding opinion”, the PSP has promulgated an “Application for Purchase (Partially-Manufactured Frame or Receiver for a Pistol or Rifle)” form, SP 4-121, which must be completed in addition to “a PICS background check and unique approval number [being] completed and received in order to facilitate a lawful sale/transfer of a PMFR [(“Partially Manufactured Frame or Receiver”)] under Pennsylvania law.”

The letter goes on to explain that although the PSP “is currently working on an automated solution for processing these these types of firearms sales/transfers by licensed firearms dealers”, in the interim of the system being ready, “dealers holding a current license to sell firearms shall utilize [the procedures set-forth in the letter].” Of importance, it explained that “[a]ll PMFR purchases/transfers shall be reported via the paper form of the Surcharge Remittance, Form SP4-134.” Thus, dealers are required to pay the surcharge tax on all applicable items.

But, what are PMFRs? Neither the letter nor the form define them in any way and all licensees are left to guess whether a non-object firearm constitutes a firearm under this undefined term. Thus, the PSP wants dealers to “guess” at what constitute PMFRs and if you get it wrong, don’t worry, you’re only looking at felony offenses…

As our viewers are aware, Firearms Policy Coalition (“FPC”) is funding a lawsuit, being handled by Chief Counsel Joshua Prince of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group (“FICG”), challenging the unlawful nature of the Attorney General’s Opinion and the PSP’s interpretation and enforcement of the Opinion. You can find all the court filing here.

If you’re in a position to support this important litigation, please consider a donation to FPC, which can be made here.

Please also consider you contacting your state representatives and requesting that they join in the litigation to preclude the erosion of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s sole authority to legislate in this Commonwealth. You can find you state representatives here.


If you or someone you know has had their right to keep and bear arms infringed, contact Firearms Industry Consulting Group today to discuss YOUR rights and legal options.


Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®) is a registered trademark and division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., with rights and permissions granted to Prince Law Offices, P.C. to use in this article.

8 thoughts on “Pennsylvania State Police Releases Form for Purchase of “Partially-Manufactured Frame or Receiver for a Pistol or Rifle”

  1. Does this mean; if I wanted to purchase a 3′ of 3/4″ round stock steel, I need to have a PMFR?
    After all, it is possible to make it into a gun barrel.
    What about a piece of lumber, as it too, could be made into gun parts.
    So unless the item is finished completely capable of being a firearm, this can cover nearly everything at the hardware and lumber stores, even screws and bolts.


  2. I noticed you mention the letter was sent out to affect all FFLs in PA. Since federally these are not considered firearms, and therefore no license, FFL or otherwise is required to sell them, how exactly do they plan to act against EVERY other business outside of firearm sales that may happen to keep them in stock….local mom and pop owned true value hardware stores could stock these things, and have absolutely no other firearm related items for sale. Since they do not need, or have a FFL, would they too be subject to this BS?


  3. Well since there are no serial numbers how will they know when it was manufactured, bought or completed.. screw these anti constitutionalists..


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