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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Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Utah, Virginia

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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.

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

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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

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


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Address 100 South Broad St. #5

CityPhiladelphia, PA 19110

Phone (215) 686-3565

 

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Peter Faas
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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
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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

Marianne
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Marianne

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

Chris Manno
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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
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Mick

it is none of your business

Micklewood Dantson
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Micklewood Dantson

it is NONE of your business

Marianne
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Marianne

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

Will
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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
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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
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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.

Sam Li
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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

Robert R. Johnson
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Robert R. Johnson

short answer is no Firearm Registration. Most states in the U.S. do not require registration of guns and there is no Federal program to register guns. In fact under Federal law a national gun registry is illegal and eight states also have bans on any gun registry.
Read more at https://topvnbet.com/livescore/

Ecoccia@rochester.rr.com
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Ecoccia@rochester.rr.com

I have a conceal carry in New York State. I will be traveling to Erie penn soon what do I need to do to conceal carry in penn

Nick Modugno
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Nick Modugno

Get a Pennsylvania non resident carry permit. I live in NYS and have one.

Steven
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Steven

My mother is a truck driver and is wondering if it’s legal to have one in a commercial vehicle

Mike Humphries
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Mike Humphries

I believe no firearms in a commercial vehicle. im a truck driver

Patrick Lawrence
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Patrick Lawrence

There is NO LAW applying only to commercial vehicles. Truckers just need to KNOW each state and follow federal transport regulations.

Adam
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Adam

This is incorrect. The Federal DOT rules and regulations forbids transporting a firearm in a commercial vehicle. The only exception is if it is cargo and your company has the proper batf licenses.

EGhost
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EGhost

According to the PA Attorney General, only resident permits are granted reciprocity. Please update the reciprocity list to reflect this.
https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/resources/concealed-carry-reciprocity/

Cheryl
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Cheryl

If u are on social security disability because of mental disability and doesn’t get along with others. Would u be able to get a gun permit.?

Courtney
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Courtney

I think it depends per state. I know in NH there are no stipulations on mental health when buying a gun, not sure on the permit part though.

William Emigh
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William Emigh

I live in Pennsylvania. Can I give my wife a pistol I purchased leagaly? Do I need to transfer it to her or can I keep it in my name?

Bobo
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Bobo

Not a lawyer. You may transfer to your parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, or spouse at will in PA.

Carlos R
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Carlos R

I live in New York and recently purchased a cabin in Greentown Pennsylvania, would I be able to purchase a fire arm and open carry?

Nick Modugno
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Nick Modugno

No, not in PA, but if you have Nys unrestricted carry permit you can apply for a pa non resident carry permit

Bobo
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Bobo

Not a lawyer.

While Pennsylvania has a specific law that requires a License To Carry Firearms for the concealed carry of a firearm, and the carry of firearms in vehicles, the law is silent on the legality of openly carrying a firearm in other situations, making it de-facto legal. This doesn’t apply the same way in Philadelphia, so either don’t take them there unless you get a permit that allows you to do so.

K.R.
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K.R.

In some Counties in Pennsylvania, the process time for a “New” or “Renewal “ of a CCW permit is less than 30 minutes…

Steven Johnson
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Steven Johnson

In Centre county, I was in and out within 10 minutes.

Lewis Smith
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Lewis Smith

I have a open carry permit in NC can I carry my hand gun in PA? Also can it be loaded; only for safety reason because I am on the highway late at night when traveling.

Bobo
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Bobo

Not a lawyer.

While Pennsylvania has a specific law that requires a License To Carry Firearms for the concealed carry of a firearm, and the carry of firearms in vehicles, the law is silent on the legality of openly carrying a firearm in other situations, making it de-facto legal.

Being on the highway though probably means you’re in a car, so that probably means you can’t do what your asking about without a PA license of some sort. Not certain how your open carry license translates to a non-resident license here, so call a sheriff here and get the skinny.

Don Puceta
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Don Puceta

Info please,
If a person already has a concealed weapons permit in Pa, and they receive a medical Marijuana card, when it comes time for renewal, will they be rejected from receiving one?

Don Corleone
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Don Corleone

Don’t ask don’t tell

Remany
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Remany

When you recieve the medical card you’ll no longer be able to renew or purchase a firearm because youll be a user of a federally banned substance which is what it asks you on the form when purchasing or renewing. I could be wrong but I would be wary of getting a medical card when your firearm privileges could be at risk.

Bobo
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Bobo

As I recall the medical marijuana folks have said they won’t share the information with the background check folks, so even though it is illegal to lie on the form, the answer to the question as asked is “probably not”.

Concerned Felon
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Concerned Felon

Not an issue with concealed permit. My wife is fully legal to carry conceal. But on the subject of rifles is our question. I (her husband) am a convicted felon from 2004. I am not on any parole or probation. We have 3 kids who are getting interested in the outdoors and firearms. Under lock and key safe is my wife allowed to start collecting firearms. Let’s look at all scenarios. Shotgun-Hunting/home protection,Hunting Rifles-Hunting, Ar15 Home protection/sport

Sorry so long. Just looking at all possible ideas. For we do not want to break any laws as the kids get older

Bobo
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Bobo

Not a lawyer. Here’s what I believe to be correct. She can do as she pleases. It is illegal for her to give a firearm to anyone who cannot legally possess one, so the question as I see it is more about what you can and can’t do. If you never touch a gun, you shouldn’t have a problem, but there may be things you can do with guns that you might want to do, so find that out. If you can go hunting and target shooting as long as you don’t own the guns in question then I’d imagine… Read more »

Bobo
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Bobo

Of course, being a felon, it may be illegal for you to be around guns at all. I don’t know that. I suppose that’s probably the question you really need answered.

Keith Emerick
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Keith Emerick

I’m a Maryland resident, and I work 50-70 a week in Pa, as Maryland doesn’t give permits unless your a business owner, would I qualify in pa fot a ccw in pa?

Derek.
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jacob
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jacob

why did you not include the rest of 18 § 912 – Schools? that speaks of the possession of firearms on school properties for lawful purposes?

Sam
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Sam

Yes this should have been included because it clears up a grey area for our CCW law on this issue.

Beck
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Beck

I am a noncitizen permanent resident with a green card, I am turning 21 this April. I’ve been living in Philadelphia for 2 years now, never charged with a felony or anything like that. Can I still get Approved to carry a firearm in PA?

Bobo
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Bobo

Not a lawyer, but here’s what I believe to be correct:

Yes. Your status as a citizen is not a matter of concern as far as I can tell. The laws I’ve read (if I recall correctly) use the word “resident” which I am pretty certain includes non-citizens. If that’s wrong I’ll be indignant on your behalf.

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?