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

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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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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

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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.

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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

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“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.
YES

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.

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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

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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.

Preemption

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

Off-Limits Statutes

Other CCW Statutes

Pennsylvania CCW FAQ's

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

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Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4pm

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Address 100 South Broad St. #5

CityPhiladelphia, PA 19110

Phone (215) 686-3565

 

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John H
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John H

To renew a PA CCW non-resident permit, do you have to go to the same county that issued the original permit?

Sally
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Sally

I applied for cc. Today. Said they have to ck more.
Over 20 years ago I was charged with a felony. Put never convicted of it. I am 70. How long does this last
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Glenn G
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Glenn G

I ride a Harley with 2 saddlebags and a tour pak. I have a PA Concealed carry permit. When I travel thru states hat do nit reciprocate its PA, how can I transport my weapons without violating state law?

Bethany Birchridge
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Bethany Birchridge

I thought it was interesting that a concealed carry applicant must be at least 21 in Pennsylvania. This seems like a smart move, as the brain is closer to being fully matured than at age 18. A lot of my cousins love to go shooting, so I think they may like to learn more about getting concealed carry permits.
http://www.firearmsafetygroup.com/concealed-carry.html

Andrew
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Andrew

My dad (an Ohio resident) gifted me (a PA resident) a handgun for Christmas. I am legal to own the firearm. Is there a procedure that i need to go through?

Sean A.W
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Sean A.W

What are my rights for defending myself in public , and or defending someone else? Does aggravated assault with the verbal intent to end my life justify self defense? I know if someone has a lethal weapon with intent to harm me or others there’s really no questions in my mind that dispatching said threat would be illegal . My last question is if someone enters my home with the intent to harm me or my family but does not have a visible weapon of any caliber do I still have the right to dispatch them? .. There’s some controversy… Read more »

John
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John

Hi, ive had convictions but ive never had a felony conviction, just misdemeanors and no violent charges. Am i able to get a concealed in PA?

Steve Balogg
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Steve Balogg

The only misdemeanor that would flag you is if it was for domestic violence. The pics system has been known to make mistakes, so if denied, send out your appeal in 30 days

Josh
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Josh

Yes. If you can pass the background check to purchase the gun you can get your cc I have misdemeanors also and I had no problem. As long as nothing is violent.

Orlando Simmons
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Orlando Simmons

Good afternoon my name is Lonnie, my question is I was convicted of a felony back in late 1989 early 1990 I served 4months and walked off 7year probation. I haven’t been in any situation since 1990. According to law 10years without any incident. Do qualify to receive a gun permit to protect my family.

Veronica
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Veronica

I believe you’ll need to have it expunged. Ten years or not a felony prohibits gun possession.

Gman
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Gman

I am moving from NYC to PA. How can I bring my handguns legally to PA? Is there any paperwork that needs to be done?

Col. DeLaRosa
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Col. DeLaRosa

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania if you at present do not have a Pennsylvania gun permit. Then while transporting firearms you fall under Federal Law on transporting across state lines.

First class cities Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will require a Pennsylvania gun permit to open carry. But elsewhere in the state you can carry openly without a permit as long as your not a prohibited person. Warning I’m not an attorney and suggest you consult a Pennsylvania attorney.

However due to the low cost of a Pennsylvania permit just put an application in. Welcome to Pennsylvania new neighbor.

Mark Mahmod
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Mark Mahmod

you can not open carry legally if there is a state emergency which there is for the opioid drug problem believe it or not

Sid
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Sid

I am visiting Pa, my spouse would like to bring her handgun and I will be bringing my Ar15, is there any restrictions towards magazine size? Also I drive a truck, but I do not own a lock box, will the weapons be safe in the back seat? And also she does not have any paper work other than a safety course for her handgun, will she be ok? We will be going through va and also Maryland any advice will be greatly appreciated!

B K
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B K

Maryland is potentially problematic. Definitely unfriendly to pistols and ARs there. I’ve heard of outright seizures by police during roadside stops, and that that CCW permitees from other states are targeted by MSP. There’s speculation that MSP’s database includes listings of CCW holders from other states and that troopers cross reference that data against tag numbers as traffic passes their tag scanning devices. However as I understand federal law (as a layman), this would not be a legal practice, so I don’t know if speculation is accurate. I strongly suggest contacting the office of MD State Atty General for factual… Read more »

David Keretz
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David Keretz

I inherited a pistol from my deceased brothers estate ,I live in Florida he was a Pennsylvania resident .What do I need to do to sell the pistol because I don’ want it.

Andujar JJ
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Andujar JJ

Just sell it to a gun shop or any legal person you know.

B K
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B K

This depends on which state you are in when trying to dispose of it. If you are in FL (you have the pistol there with you), you coukd take it to any gun dealer and sell it to them. Look for gun stores in your city. There are plenty all across the state of Florida and people bring in guns to sell all the time. They’ll run an NCIS check to ensure it hasn’t been reported stolen, will carefully inspect and evaluate it, and if interested will offer you something in the range of wholesale value for it, but definitely… Read more »

mark d
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mark d

I live in PA. and have a ltcf permit i want to know if police have a right to disarm you physicaly during an encounter even if you are NOT being formally detained.

Andujar JJ
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Andujar JJ

Technically no. But they use i excuse of officer safety.

Mike vajda
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Mike vajda

So Pennsylvania allows out of state pistol carrying. One of the requirements is that you have a pistol permit from your “home” state. What if you are from new jersey which never never issues a permit?

mark d
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mark d

No dice,NJ is the most restrictive state and almost impossible to get a hand gun carry permit.I am not 100 % sure if it would apply to police active military or people whom carry for their profession in NJ.

Andujar JJ
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Andujar JJ

No one will honor it .
They will only honor home state permit.

B K
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B K

NJ doesn’t honor Pennsylvania license to carry firearms (CCW), so PA doesn’t reciprocate. But this probably isn’t even of concern to you because being from Jersey, it’s highly unlikely that you have a CCW issued by your state. Even if you have a non-resident CCW issued by FL or some other state, because you are a resident of NJ, I don’t think your FL CCW would be recognized in PA. Double check that on the “concealed carry reciprocity” website to confirm that I’m righ5 about this. You can “open carry” in PA though if you wish, but be advised, you… Read more »

Hank
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Hank

I have a friend who is disabled he is 68 and his wife is making him get out of the house “The house is in her name she owns it” It’s a sad story why she wants him out. He has never been in any kind of trouble “a law abiding citizen”. He wants to apply for public housing because his only income is Social Security. He has some firearms & a CC Permit, is he allowed to have his firearms in public housing in PA.? I could not find a definate answer to the question. Thank You…

Andujar JJ
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Andujar JJ

There is no law against him. But housing will hit him with a trespassing rule.

James
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James

If I move from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, do I need to reapply for my permit?

Ashley
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Ashley

No

Ashley
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Ashley

Pennsylvania is Pennsylvania regardless of what city.

Andujar JJ
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Andujar JJ

No

Eddie
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Eddie

You need to get the permit reissued by the Sheriff in the new county you move to,

joe
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joe

does my ccw permit from pa alow me to carry a fire arm in new york state?

Boomer
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Boomer

NY state does not recognize any permits other than it’s own.

Ruger
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Ruger

No

Peter
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Peter

NO

B K
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B K

Definitely NOT

Daniel
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Daniel

Can I buy a rifle in Pennsylvania ,being I’m a resident of Alaska?

Mizaell Yarro
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Mizaell Yarro

Absolutely

B K
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B K

Totalitarian communists and their close cousins, the democratic socialist new world order types haven’t yet taken complete control here, so the second amendment is still recognized and mostly respected here – yes you can.

Bigred2989
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Bigred2989

I work for an FFL in Florida. Had a PA resident come in today claiming that no store in his state would sell him a Glock brand handgun unless he was law enforcement or current/former military, but they let him buy similar handguns no issue. Was he mistaken or is there something I’m missing?

Mebh
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Mebh

He may have come from Philadelphia or misunderstood something in the Store he tried in PA. We have Glocks for sale here in my town in Central PA and they are available for purchase if you meet the legal requirements.

Mizaell Yarro
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Mizaell Yarro

I agree as long as you can legally posess a pistol then a glock should not be any different

Eric Bitzer
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Eric Bitzer

Philadelphia sells Glock.

Mizaell Yarro
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Mizaell Yarro

I don’t understand why this happened that doesn’t make sense I would have asked to see a revision in the law before they denied my a sale

Shawn B
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Shawn B

Wrong. Bought several Glocks here in PA

Andujar JJ
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Andujar JJ

He must have been trying to get the blue badge discount

B K
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B K

He was either misinformed, intentionally misled, or he misunderstood. Glocks are sold all across the state to those who can legally purchase firearms. If they actually told him that, I’m wondering if the store he went to was simply out of Glocks so they fed him a line in order to attempt to sell him something else. Business is brisk since the election, so maybe that’s it.

Robert Houston
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Robert Houston

There are certain Glocks they only sell to LEO’s

Sade Williams
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Sade Williams

I’m licensed in pa. So can I carry to a different state?.

Mizaell Yarro
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Mizaell Yarro

Only if those other states are in reciprocity with Pennsylvania so if you travel through a state that is not in reciprocity with Pennsylvania you literally have to unload your handgun and make it so that it’s not readily available ammo included.. then when you get into a state that has reciprocity you can pull over reload your gun and proceed

B K
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B K

Yes. Just go to the “concealed carry reciprocity” website to see where. OH and WV are yes. MD, NJ, NY, DE are a big NO.

crash
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crash

right to carry a consumer good that I have constitutional personal rights to without regulation by anyone else . Supreme court ruled that property not owned by the municipality cannot be regulated as their property. Wake up , your natural right to own, use, & dispose of your property, that is if you didn’t trade it for a security interest by registering it, is a right not privilege that can be taken from you without just cause. As long as you violate no one’s rights you have done no wrong, it’s called jurisdiction.

crash
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crash

cannot be taken away from you without just cause