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.


Florida concealed carry permit info state seal

Pennsylvania CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
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
LICENSE ISSUED TO
Residents
Non-Residents
STATE POLICY
Shall Issue
See Details

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

Pennsylvania CCW Dashboard

Minimum
0
age required

Cost of
$0
a ccw license

years license
0
is valid

year License
2000
data updated

Active CCW
0
licenses in pa

population with
0%
a ccw license

states that honor
0
a pennsylvania license

state licenses
0
pennsylvania honors

gun laws


State Rating
Good

Pennsylvania Reciprocity Map

PENNSYLVANIA

pennsylvania CCW license recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state

Pennsylvania CCW Reciprocity

Pennsylvania Reciprocity List

0
STATES
RESIDENT
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

NON-RESIDENT
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

0
states
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

RESIDENTIAL PERMITS ONLY
Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Utah, Virginia

ND CLASS 1 PERMITS ONLY
North Dakota

0
states
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.

state flag florida concealed carry reciprocity
Pennsylvania state flag

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

Download Your Forms

Days to process
0
New permit

Pointers: Pennsylvania Handgun Laws

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

“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.

YES

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

Image
Antique Pistol

Learn Pennsylvania Gun History

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."
florida state capitol building
Pennsylvania State Capitol Building

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

Hours


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 100 South Broad St. #5

CityPhiladelphia, PA 19110

Phone (215) 686-3565

 

Updates & Data Sources

213
Leave a Reply

avatar
65 Comment threads
148 Thread replies
7 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
142 Comment authors
Michael FragassiBillyJokDanDonald P Schuler Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Michael Fragassi
Guest
Michael Fragassi

Fo a non-resident permit can I mail in my application or do I have to go in person to get my permit?

Jok
Guest
Jok

How many rounds of ammunition are legally allowed in a concealed carriers gun? Are their any limits?

Jok
Guest
Jok

In Philadelphia PA

Billy
Guest
Billy

No limits in the state of Pennsylvania

Dan
Guest
Dan

Do I have to own the gun I carry with a valid PA Carry Permit

Donald P Schuler
Guest
Donald P Schuler

I am from my an want to get my pa carry permit what an where is the best county to apply for this you can email me at sdon85@aol.com with any help would be greatly appreciated

Guest
Guest
Guest

Interesting that the PSP website still indicates “may issue”.
(https://www.psp.pa.gov/firearms-information/pages/carrying-firearms-in-pennsylvania.aspx)

xocdia79
Guest
xocdia79

Nice information.. Thanks for sharing this blog, this blog is very helpful information for every one.. see my website also

Sylvan
Guest
Sylvan

I want to escape from NYC and I do have 4 full carry permits. I hope to move to Erie and want a full carry prior to moving . NYC is really anti freedoms unless you make a “donation” to the right party

mark
Guest
mark

from reading the local and state laws here in PA, you can apply for a CCW permit and obtain one while a resident of NY as long as you already have a CCW from NY state. then as soon as you have residency here in PA just make sure you do a address change quickly to avoid any confusion. PA is pretty good when it comes to gun freedom for it’s citizens. we are a “shall issue” commonwealth here.

Tom phillips
Guest
Tom phillips

My workplace has had changes in administration, and since new administrator took over so many changes taking place. I work in a private, non profit nursing home in maintenance, and begore it was never an issue to carry. We have had threats on residents, employees in the past. We have been on lock downs due to threats, also they have narcotics in building. They recently put up gun free zone signs. Im afraid to say anything to HR, but also i feel unsafe sometimes and so do alot of employees. What can i do?

T.J.
Guest
T.J.

While you shouldn’t get in legal trouble for carrying, you could certainly get in trouble or fired. I am in a similar situation, medicine field and the number of threats of physical violence is getting too much. I have started carrying for both my staff’s and my own safety, knowing full well it could possibly come back to bite me. At least I have the law on my side.

Claire
Guest
Claire

Military spouse with permanent residence in PA. We keep our PA license as home of record. I have a PA CC permit, but recently received notice that it is expiring. Does anyone have familiarity with this? Applying for a renewal though out of state? I am getting the actual document (sent from the county for renewal)mailed to me to read over it, but was looking things up online until I receive it. Currently living in GA.

Guy
Guest
Guy

I would apply for GA permit, that way you have it. It also covers PA , that way if you return home you can carry.

Scott
Guest
Scott

Since a non resident can open carry in PA, will ANY carry permit legally allow the non resident to open carry in a vehicle… or only a PA permit is valid?

Tase
Guest
Tase

in Pennsylvania, the minute you close your car door you are considered to be carrying a concealed weapon even if you have a gun in plain view on your person, and a valid concealed carry permit ( or one recognized by reciprocity) is required.

Chris
Guest
Chris

If the state you have a permit from is not reciprocal, then transport the firearm in a locked storage container, with the chamber empty and magazine out. Put the magazine in a pouch and then it will be considered in a separate compartment of the locked container.Make sure to put the container where you cannot access it from the seat of the car

Jan
Guest
Jan

Just went to Northampton county Pa. to obtain an out of state resident permit for concealed carry in Pa.
Denied. Stated they do not even consider. Please advice. Have resident license in De. And non – resident license Virginia.

Scott
Guest
Scott

Open carry is your only option. PA NO LONGER HONORS NON- resident permits, and they have no reciprocity agreement with Delaware.
But remember… you cannot open carry in Philly.
Your home permit allows you to open carry in your vehicle… (vehicle carry in PA is concidered concealed)

Sam
Guest
Sam

Sounds like you can carry a loaded concealed gun in your car without a pa license so long as you have a cc permit from the US or state where you are from. Even if pa doesn’t share reciprocity (ie DC).
Guessing you just can’t take it out of your car?

Scott
Guest
Scott

Not in Philly. But anywhere else, yes. But only OPEN CARRY.

Tom
Guest
Tom

If I have a NJ license but don’t have a gun license there can I use it to gain a gun permit In PA?

Joe
Guest
Joe

no such thing as a hand gun permit in PA

Cpat00
Guest
Cpat00

Your question is unclear. Do you mean you have a NJ DRIVERS LICENSE OR NJ PURCHASERS PERMIT. Shit sorry bout the caps lock. If you dont have a purchasers permit issued by your state you cant even purchase a firearm here in pa

Scott
Guest
Scott

NO.

Sean
Guest
Sean

I’ll be riding my motorcycle from Maryland to Indiana. I am a MD resident with MD, FL, and UT carry permits, and plan to carry throughout the ride.

My normal route takes me up 79, around Washington PA, and on to Wheeling.

According to all I’ve read, I’ll either need to go around this little corner of PA or unload and store my gun in my saddlebags for that 10% of the trip.

Is there anything I’m missing that would indicate otherwise?

Thanks

Eric Labar
Guest
Eric Labar

It looks like Pennsylvania honors Utah’s permit so you should be able to carry, however, I’d double check with the official Pennsylvania government site.

Scott
Guest
Scott

PA no longer honors ANY NON-RESIDENT permits. Only permits issued by the state you LIVE in are honored now… and only if a reciprocity agreement exists between your home state and PA.

Pam Weis
Guest
Pam Weis

II am from NY and have a NY and Utah permit, Is PA still part of the Utah permit and if not where is the pest place to go and get a PA permit

Peter Faas
Guest
Peter Faas

I live in PA and have my LTCF. I will be driving to NC. I know that, DE and MD do not honor PA’s permits. What do I do when I am in those states?

Jason Generation Cox
Guest
Jason Generation Cox

U have keep it a lock box when ur traveling and it cant be were u can get to it also separate the amo there’s federal law thst allows u to travel with it but it hss to be locked up

A harden
Guest
A harden

Don’t go through md for any reason if you have a PA carry permit when they run your pa tag which md cars do automatticly it will tell the officer that you have a PA CCW permit which is illigal and unconstitutional for that info to be on a list the NRA has filed numerous lawsuits recently and is awaiting litigation but the best thing to do is avoid md all together because they will confiscate your weapon rip your vehicle apart impound it and arrest you if you live on the east side of the state(I live on the… Read more »

Mike
Guest
Mike

I’m in maryland and delware all the time (35yrs). I’m from Pa. No one has ever pulled me over. I don’t take my gun with me.

Marianne
Guest
Marianne

How can I find out if someone has a gun permit in PA?

Chris Manno
Guest
Chris Manno

Legally, no one would be able to tell you unless it’s the person in question.
Privacy laws should actually even prevent law enforcement from being able to tell when they pull your record, however allegedly they can and there is a legal debate about the subject and the possibility of the infringement on our privacy rights.

Mick
Guest
Mick

it is none of your business

Micklewood Dantson
Guest
Micklewood Dantson

it is NONE of your business

Marianne
Guest
Marianne

How can I find out if someone has a gun permit in PY?

bignig
Guest
bignig

fuackoff nog

Will
Guest
Will

I’m moving from Ohio to Pennsylvania in the near future. My goal is to avoid living in Philadelphia. My father passed away last year and left me 8-10 weapons (nothing outrageous…shotguns, revolver, rifle, etc.). I would like to bring these with me and make sure I’m transporting them as legal as can be. They will enter my residence and will be stored in a gun safe and likely will not be used. I have no permits/licenses in Ohio, and I don’t plan to obtain any unless I absolutely must. Can anyone tell me what I need to do to make… Read more »

Bobo
Guest
Bobo

Hey. I’m a PA resident/gun owner. Not a lawyer, but here’s what I think I know:

I don’t expect there’s anything you’ll need to do special other than transport them unloaded and not accessable. Assuming you have a trunk, lock them in there.

You’re allowed to own guns and keep them in your house without a permit (which I believe is the same in Ohio), so transporting them is the only concern.

Here is info on transportation from people who actually know stuff:
https://www.nraila.org/articles/20150101/guide-to-the-interstate-transportation

Chris Manno
Guest
Chris Manno

I agree. Transporting them here will be the biggest issue. Once your in PA, you’re safe as long as they are unloaded and not easily accessible.

You don’t need to transfer anything, register anything, or get any kind of license when you live here if you don’t plan on carrying concealed. If you decide to get a concealed carry permit, you just have to be a legal resident for 30 days first.

A harden
Guest
A harden

However once they are in a vehicle they are considered concealed CCW permit is required loaded or unloaded in pa

Tim McGlothlin
Guest
Tim McGlothlin

Without a ccw in PA you’ll have to have them unloaded in your trunk

Carey
Guest
Carey

You can transport the rifles unloaded, but if you don’t have a concealed carry permit in Ohio, then you can not have handguns in your car in PA. You can possess any of those firearms legally inside of your own residence with no permits. The one area that is grey is the transporting of the handguns without an Ohio carry permit. PA does not require you to keep your firearms in safes in your home. You can use the rifles in Pa, but outside of your home, those handguns will be off limits to you. In Pa, simply having the… Read more »

Sam Li
Guest
Sam Li

I believe that obtaining a permit is critical if you want to carry a gun. I appreciate the law about being 21 or over. My friend wants to get a carrier’s permit, so I’ll help him find a place to get certified. https://www.osseogunclub.com/mn-permit-to-carry-class.html