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.
Pennsylvania CCW Quick Facts
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- Pennsylvania CCW License Requirements
- Applying for a Pennsylvania CCW License
- Pennsylvania CCW Firearm License Renewals
- Pennsylvania CCW Firearm License Fee's
- 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
RESIDENTIAL PERMITS ONLY
Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Utah, Virginia
ND CLASS 1 PERMITS ONLY
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.
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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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
- 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.
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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 permitAny 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.
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YES – with or Without a permitOpen 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
Learn Pennsylvania Gun History
1989 - Policy Change
Pennsylvania changed its firearm policy in 1995 from May Issue to Shall Issue.
1995 - Reciprocity Law
Pennsylvania Gun Sales & Preemption
Private Gun Sales
Pennsylvania Gun Statutes
Gun Laws Relating To Concealed Carry
Other CCW Statutes
Pennsylvania CCW FAQ's
Pennsylvania CCW Contacts
Philadelphia County Sheriff
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4pm
Address 100 South Broad St. #5
CityPhiladelphia, PA 19110
Phone (215) 686-3565