(a) Offense defined.– A person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree if he manufactures, distributes, or possesses any motor vehicle master key.
(b) Exception.–Subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to:
(1) The introduction, manufacture for introduction, transportation, distribution, sale or possession in commerce in this Commonwealth of motor vehicle master keys for use in the ordinary course of business by any commercial or professional locksmith, common carrier, contract carrier, motor vehicle fleet owner, new or used car dealer, rental car agency, car manufacturer, automobile club or association operating in more than one state or an affiliate thereof, or any department, agency, or instrumentality of:
(i) the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States, any state, the District of Columbia, or any possession of the United States; or
(ii) any political subdivision of any entity specified in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph.
(2) The shipment, transportation, or delivery for shipment in commerce in this Commonwealth of motor vehicle master keys in the ordinary course of business by any common carrier or contract carrier.
(c) Definition.–As used in this section “master key” means any key adapted to fit the ignition switch, trunk or door of two or more motor vehicles, the ignition switches, trunks or doors of which are designed to be operated by keys.
1972, Dec. 6, P.L. 1482, No. 334, § 1, effective June 6, 1973.
Offense Gravity Scores and Prior Record Score Points:
909(a) Manufacture/etc.-master key for motor vehicle M-1 OGS=3 m