In Pennsylvania, taxpayers subsidize background checks for gun buyers

Public safety The state background check system has cost tens of millions of dollars to operate over 20 years, and fees have never covered the cost.

Some Second Amendment advocates don’t take kindly to the notion of raising the price, while other Pennsylvanians worry that relying on free national background checks will result in weaker screenings, even as a nationwide debate rages on how to keep the wrong people from getting powerful weapons.