Pennsylvania Gun Laws

Pennsylvania gun laws operate at the state level on a "Shall Issue" policy. No permit is required if you are carrying a firearm in your home or place of business. Concealed carry permits are available to residents and non-residents with the minimum age being 21. Non-residents must already have a permit to carry in their home state if they want to obtain a Pennsylvania permit. There are no training requirements to obtain a permit.

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Pennsylvania CCW Quick Facts

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Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted SEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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Pennsylvania Handgun License


  • The applicant must be 21 years of age or older with a picture I.D. for proof
  • The applicant must be a resident of County application is filed it for at least 90 days
  • The application must have no criminal convictions.
  • The applicant must be of good character and reputation; acting in a manner that will not be dangerous to public safety.
  • You are not a habitual drunkard or addicted to or user of marijuana or a stimulant, depressant or narcotic drug.
  • Federal Law Requirements

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Pennsylvania CCW Reciprocity

Pennsylvania Reciprocity List

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Utah, Virginia

North Dakota

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington, Washington D.C.

How Reciprocity Works In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements with 19 states. All these reciprocity agreements can be read at the attorney generals website. Non-resident CCW licenses are honored from the states on Pennsylvania's reciprocity list with the exception of those from Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Utah and Virginia. There is actually a section in each of the prior states agreements that says"legal resident of AZ, FL, MS, UT and VA".

Pennsylvania will only honor the ND class 1 permit from North Dakota provided the holder is at least 21 years old.

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Reciprocity Laws in Pennsylvania

State Contact List

If you are travelling to another state and have a question regarding reciprocity then you may need to contact a person on this state list.

Pennsylvania Concealed Handgun Forms

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Pennsylvania: Places Off-Limits for CCW

Places Off-Limits in Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia city parks
  • Court Houses (Areas Off Limits Must Be Posted)
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Schools
  • School bus
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Pennsylvania

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Pennsylvania Handgun Laws To Know

NO – Must Inform Officer

There is nothing in Pennsylvania gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are legally required to carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

The Law
Title 18 – 6122


“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Pennsylvania gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

NO – Without a permit
Any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person except in his place of abode or fixed place of business without a valid and lawfully issued license commits a felony of the third degree. There are exceptions listed on the state website. Also, Federal law allows transportation of a firearm if it is unloaded and neither the firearm or ammunition is readily accessible.

With a license you can carry a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle.

The Law
Title 18 – 6106

YES – with or Without a permit
Open carry is legal if a person is 18 or older and legally allowed to possess a firearm. You will need a permit/license to open carry in a vehicle or the city of Philadelphia.

In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.


It is legal to carry in the following areas;

State Parks:    YES  
State/National Forests:    YES
State Game Management Units:    YES
Road Side Rest Areas:   YES

History Of Pennsylvania Gun Laws

Antique Pistol

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1989 - Policy Change

Pennsylvania changed its firearm policy in 1995 from May Issue to Shall Issue.

1995 - Reciprocity Law

A law to allow Pennsylvania to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states is enacted.

Pennsylvania Gun Sales & Preemption

Private Gun Sales

Private sales of all handguns must be processed through a licensed dealer. You will be required to complete a firearms transfer form at a federally licensed dealer. There is a $2 fee for background checks and a $3 firearm surcharge The dealers are also required to provide a locking device for handguns. If you are selling long guns then you are not required to make the sale through a licensed dealer.


There is full sate preemption in Pennsylvania. No local government is allowed to regulate firearms.

Pennsylvania Gun Statutes

"The right of the citizens to bear arm in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned."
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Gun Laws Relating To Concealed Carry

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Pennsylvania CCW FAQ's

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Sheriff in the applicants county of residence.

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Pennsylvania CCW Contacts

Philadelphia County Sheriff


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 100 South Broad St. #5

CityPhiladelphia, PA 19110

Phone (215) 686-3565

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if you bought a hand gun while you were married and gave as gift to your spouse, but kept in your name, then got divorced , should not the ex spouse return it to you since in your name? if they wont , what can you do?


So long as the spouse keep it in their residence or place of business it’s legal in PA. Scroll up to confirm.


I was told there was a such thing as a restricted pistol purchase permit in PA, but I don’t see it anywhere. I am 19 years of age and live in Delaware County, PA. Finding what I can and cannot do is more difficult than I thought.


If I pass the PIC requirements to legally purchase a firearm, does that mean that I am eligible to receive a license to carry.

Jeremiah Kincaid
Jeremiah Kincaid

Most likely

Jack Dempsy
Jack Dempsy

If you’ve ever been 302’d (admitted to an inpatient program against your will) you’re disqualified for a LTCF. However you can still purchase firearms I believe.


This 302 bit is an issue you need to have a judge determine. Basically an appeal. Would be necessary to get a recent evaluation done by a psychiatrist and have that psychiatrists detailed information as well. You are disqualified from purchasing. Because some people are committed without justification, it would basically be, if committed AND determined mentally defective, to say as a result of the eval the complaint was founded kind of thing.


How does one get there right to carry a firearm instated if charged with a felony (3rd time DUI). It has been years since the charge but we want to do properly.

Jeff K
Jeff K

If your a convicted felon then you wont be able to unless you get a pardon. Right now your not allowed to even have a gun.


A pardon is the only way? Pardon by the State?


Gun salesman i know says it doesn’t even matter how much time you actually did in jail. If the offense was punishable by more than 2 years (i believe is what he said in our recent conversation) its no-go. No chance of getting multiple charges expunged either. Thats for people to learn the lesson the first time.


Moving back to Pennsylvania from Florida ,have florida ccw.I want a ccw in pa. What is the quickest way to complete this?

Jeremiah Kincaid
Jeremiah Kincaid

Once residence is established, you just go to the county sherriff department


In addition to Jeremiah’s answer, if you haven’t established long term residence such as moving into a new home or moving into the state, you are rypically required to have the address updated on your id and provide at least two utility/house bills in order to apply. Some counties have places that are same day issue but they can be hard to find.

Dennis Johnson
Dennis Johnson

I live in PA traveling to NJ for vacation. 1)can I have a gun in the car and can I leave it in the hotel where I’m staying (secured of course)

Jack Dempsy
Jack Dempsy

Afraid not. NJ is incredibly strict. There’s stories of people with valid LTCF accidentally crossing the bridge into Jersey and getting pulled over, and sentenced for illegally carrying a firearm. I wouldn’t step foot in Jersey with a gun, unless you are PD or Armed Forces (on duty) or somehow got a NJ permit which is incredibly difficult.


Do not enter NJ armed without reciprocity. I am a LEO and they aren’t thrilled we carry hollow points over the bridges. I am not saying take your weapon but I want to add, NEVER TAKE HP’s into that state whether you have a gun or not. If you are heading to the shore there is not much worry that would be eased by carrying. I wouldn’t stroll around Camden in the middle of the night. But most other places are fine.