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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  • 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

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
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
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


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.


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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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


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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  2. I am a resident of NJ. Can I open carry when I am in Pennsylvania?

  3. If your licensed to carry in Pa, What is required to become licensed in Delaware ?

  4. I have PA concealed carry license. Can I carry in a State legislator’s local office? I have an appointment.

    1. need to know how to get a replacement carrying card in pennsylvania?

    2. Go to the place it was issued. Report that it was misplaced or lost. Apply for a replacement.

  5. I just moved to South Carolina from Pennsylvania where I had a current concealed carry permit. Can I get that transferred into a non-resident concealed carry permit? If so, how?

    1. I live in PA. My husband and I both have permits to carry. We are driving to Florida for a 3 week stay.
      Can we bring a gun with us ? I’m not clear on how it works in Flordia.

      1. Yes, but, do not drive thru Maryland – avoid Maryland. And keep in mind that South Carolina does not honor your PA permit, so avoid SC or drive straight through SC with the gun boxed & locked in the trunk unloaded with the ammo separate.

  6. My 18 year daughter has asked for a gun for protection. I’ve been trying to understand the law and I just want to make sure I have it understood. I can purchase (as a permitted owner) the gun as a gift for her, but she will not be able to carry it, loaded, until she reaches 21 and applies for her carry permit? Am I correct?

  7. I am visiting PA, but am from MI. I have a MI-issued Concealed Pistol License. Can I visit a firearms dealer in PA and purchase a pistol or long gun while I am visiting?

    1. I moved to PA from Michigan 5 years ago and at the time could not buy a gun of any kind in PA until I got my PA drivers license. They only sold to neighboring states. That may have changed now but I doubt it.

      1. I’m moving from mi to Pa soon
        And can’t find any info on how long you are required to be a Pa resident prior to applying. I was in the middle of the process here in mi but now not sure what to do and I don’t wanna get stuck without one during wave two of 19

        1. As long as you have a PA state ID. I moved from NY had no carry permit and obtained one in less than a month from moving. Actually still was still in NY but had changed my ID and soon as I closed and got my ccw I just didn’t purchase anything till I was moved in

      2. Honestly think you went to the wrong dealer because as long as you have a concealed carry you can purchase a firearm the only thing is they would have to ship it to an authorized dealer in your state where you can pick it up also depending on the state you live in..I know some places won’t sell to out of state residence right now 1 because of the shortage in PA and the other reason it takes longer to do the paperwork. They know they’ll wind up selling it to a local anyway so their not worried about loosing a sale. There’s a place in Greeley PA that makes there own but there warehouse is still closed as they can’t get the materials they need to manufacture. That place will take the time for the paperwork. A few places wouldn’t even let a GA resident transfer to me cause they didn’t want to deal with the paperwork for $50.. I would call before going to a place.. You can also get a ccw in PA if you already have a concealed carry in your state of residence.

    2. I have a valid New York State pistol permit since 1984. I would like to have info for a Pa. pistol permit. I am a retired Correction Officer who is possibly buying a home in Pa.

    3. You can. Pennsylvania honors MI ccw. Being out of state you may have to wait longer for background check and or holding period but I don’t think so. In Pa rifles do not need to be registered and can be sold hand to hand without a background check. I’m not sure if the dealer handles the sale the same way as if I was selling you a rifle but you definitely can purchase. Besides the link on this page to the list of officials you can contact a quick and sure way to know is Google a gun shop/dealer near where you will be visiting and call them and ask directly. Hope that helps

  8. It’s my understanding that while carrying my weapon with my ccwp that I shall not cover my face that prohibits my identity , other media outlets such as Facebook are saying otherwise , is there any truth to this . I for one refuse to go against the ccwp .

    1. I spoke to a CEO friend the other day about this and he asked around the station and they were all in agreement that we are mandated to were masks so it’s not illegal to carry.

  9. When I was younger I messed up and stole from a convenient store I was working at. I was charged with 6 misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking. I served 5 years of probation and kept my nose clean. Will this stop me from owning a firearm, I am afraid to purchase one and have my name ran and something pops up and i get in to legal trouble

    1. I live in PA, have my ccw and am going to drive back and forth to Florida a couple times a year. How do I carry through the states that don’t have reciprocity with PA? (Maryland and S. Carolina)? Is there a waiver to get? Thanks

      1. No u fortunately there is not. You must obey each states gun laws. Most states if you are just passing through will not give you too hard of a time but will lecture you on their laws and probably make you unload and secure it in the vehicle. Like NJ for example they hate gun owners and you have to have the ammo and gun separate from each other locked. Ex; ammo in the trunk, unloaded gun locked in the glove box or a locked box. But separate. Any State police or local officer will probably tell you that its your responsibility to know each states laws that you will be traveling through.

  10. I am a minor in PA. Is it legal for me to get an apprenticeship as a gunsmith or is that deemed a “hazardous occupation” and therefore I must be 18?

  11. I obtained a carry permit last summer and due to unfortunate circumstances with my landlord (decided to sell with short notice) I have moved down the street. I have a change of address card if u decided to get a new DR license. Do I need to refile for a carry permit since it has my old address. I’m still in the same country and right down the street from my old house.

    1. No I moved and when I change my address on my DL I was told when I renew I can change the address. Just remember when it expires because you won’t get the renewal application in the mail as it will go to the old address and possibly won’t transfer to your new address..

    2. Yes you would have to change your address. I don’t think you’d have to reapply just have it amended.

  12. I was cleaning out an estate and the executor gave me a handgun we found. Do I need to get it registered? Or is it just mine now since the original owner is deceased and I have the executors permission to have it.

    1. no you dont have to get it registered. you can got to your local police station with the make and model of fire arm along with the serial number and the can run it to see if it has been used in a crime or reported stolen

  13. I was cleaning out an estate and the executor gave me a handgun we found. Do I need to get it registered? Or is it just mine now since the original owner is deceased and I have the executors permission to have it

  14. I have a Gun Permit and I went to renew it I’m a nurse got hurt at work and I end up getting an MMJ card and for me possessing MMJ card they refuse to renew my Gun Permit any suggestions

    1. This is the exact reason why I won’t get my Mmj card. I refuse to give up my right to carry. I’d stock up if I were you and then give up the card. Just until the law changes, since they seem to be changing daily lately.

  15. I have a ccw permit in Ohio. Can I have my pistol in my purse when I drive into PA.?

    1. Yes, Ohio has full reciprocity with PA. So you can carry inside and outside of a vehicle anywhere in Pennsylvania. Ohio also has reciprocity with all the states it borders so you never have to worry about accidentally driving out of the state like CCW holders in some other states do.

    2. Yes, Ohio has full reciprocity with PA. You can carry inside or outside of your vehicle anywhere in Pennsylvania. Ohio also has reciprocity with all its bordering states so you don’t have to worry about accidentally driving into another state like CCW holders in some other states do.

  16. Can I get a ccw permit with 3 DUI,s? The last one was 25 tears ago.

  17. When are we allowed to apply for a gun permit in Philadelphia? And where can I go to turn in my application?

    1. I think they do all applications on the computer now. The gun permit unit is located at 660 East Erie Ave but you can’t go without an appointment. Check the website at or try a local Police District to get a phone number for the gun permit unit.

  18. Here’s a question… can PA residents with LTCF carry both a primary and back-up weapon? I recently came across a video saying doing so is illegal in 40 states, so have been looking for confirmation of the law here’ in the Keystone State. Thanks!

  19. What are the requirements for home safety even if you been in trouble before a long time ago how would I go about having a registered gun in the home

  20. Can I carry my gun in my car through states that don’t recognize my CCW from PA? Im planning on driving to NC, where the recognize PA, but a few sates in-route don’t.

    1. No, you can’t carry. There are however federal rules that protect you from state laws if you traveling through the state and keep your firearms unloaded with neither the firearm nor any ammunition being readily accessible from the passenger compartment or be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.

      Also, if you are traveling through Delaware on your trip south they allow open carry in a vehicle without a permit.

  21. I live in Pennsylvania. Do I need a permit to purchase a handgun just for home protection only?

    1. No. But they’re so easy to get for PA residents compared to other states that I would recommend getting one just in case you felt the need to carry outside the home in the future.

  22. I have NY & PA carry conceal permits. NY is renewable every 5 years. Does PA permit need to be renewed?

  23. If I have my Delaware conceal can I have my weapon with me in pa as long as it is not carried

    1. If you are a resident of Florida then yes. If not you can only open carry. You can however carry in your vehicle with a non-resident Florida permit (§ 6106 (b)(11) )

  24. I have a Florida concealed weapons permit can I carry in Pennsylvania

    1. If you are a resident of Florida then yes. If not you can only open carry. You can however carry in your vehicle with a non-resident Florida permit (§ 6106 (b)(11) ).

  25. from Florida have a carry permit can i legally purchase a handgun in Pennsylvania

  26. I live in Pennsylvania I have a license to carry a firearm can I carry concealed with that license or do I need another

    1. The PA License to Carry Firearms is the concealed carry license. You do not need a license to open carry outside of a vehicle in Pennsylvania.

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  28. Is it legal to own a Non-NFA gun in PA? meaning a mossberg 590 “shorty shotgun”

  29. To get ur ccw can u go to any police station in ur county n apply or do u go to ur city police station

  30. Ok so I’m a PA resident and I have a pistol I wanna give to my daughter. She is 24 and lives in Indiana. Indiana has no registration. Can I give her the pistol to take home with her?

  31. I have a felony conviction from 1993 when i was 20. I am now 46 and no other record except that. Can i get a license to carry..

  32. I live in Pa, my wife’s son needs money for his house settlement, I was going to buy his Glock 40. I call him my step son but I never adapted him. Since stores closed, do I need a authorization to buy a gun, since he he my stepson

    1. Unfortunately no you can not legally sell or buy a handgun unless you are a licensed dealer. You have to have it registered. With the stores being closed everyone is just SOL right now. Being your stepson doesn’t change anything. You could write up sales agreement between the two of you, give him the money and you physically hold the gun in your home but until its legally transfered and registered to you you won’t own it.

  33. Hello, I’m in Pennsylvania. My daughter has had a protection permit for 4 years but no firearm. Am I legally allowed to let her borrow mine( which is registered to me). She would like to carry it concealed, while running errands. In her vehicle and into stores for example. I’ve been trying to understand the laws but I’m finding it difficult to get a clear answer. Thank you for your advice in advance. 😊

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  36. So if I live in erie pa, and I’m traveling to north Carolina and have a ccw, as long as I stay in w.virginia and Virginia I should be fine, just wanna be sure I’m not breaking any laws

  37. 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?

  38. 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?

    1. No. You have to be a resident or have a ccw from the state you reside in that shares reciprocity. Since you don’t have one from the Great communist state of NJ you can not get a PA carry permit.

  39. 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?


    1. I live in PA. My husband and I both have permits to carry. We are driving to Florida for a 3 week stay.
      Can we bring a gun with us ? I’m not clear on how it works in Flordia.

  40. 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

  41. 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?

    1. 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

    1. 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.

  42. 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 sure that I possess and transport these weapons 100% legally? I’ve done my research, but I’m still just a bit confused.

    1. As long as the ammo and guns are not together you can bring them into Pa. I would purchase some type of lock box to put them in for traveling.

  43. 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.

  44. 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

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

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

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

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

        1. 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.

          1. According to Federal D.O.T. there is NO written law prohibiting the carry of a fire arm. Ammo MUST not be accessible from the driver seat if the firearm is. I carry in my truck and I have been checked at various weigh stations. No issue to date. However, it is up to the officer s discretion as to the”gray area” of the law.

  46. 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.?

    1. 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.

  47. 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?

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

  48. 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?

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

    2. 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.

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

  50. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. I’m pretty sure you can not. A gun in a vehicle is considered concealed and you have to have a concealed carry permit. PA is a open carry state so there is no such thing as a open carry permit in Pa. PA would not honor a open carry permit for traveling with a firearm.

  51. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. 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”.

    3. If you get a medical marijuana card, you CANNOT have any firearms in the house.

      1. But alcohol is fine…I don’t smoke Marijuana and don’t ever plan to, but the fact that MM card holders can’t own but a raging alcoholic can is just bananas. If only there were a way to fix this?!?

  52. 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

    1. 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 you’d like to know that, on top of that’s being how to figure out what she can and can’t do with them where you’re involved.

      As far as whether you can pick up someone else’s gun to defend your home, I would suggest you find that out for absolute certain before you need the information. When it comes down to it I would it to protect my family regardless of the other consequences if such a thing were actually necessary, but that’s still good information to have. At the very least it will help prepare you for said consequences.

      1. 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.

    2. Your wife is allowed to collect and use them. You however, are not allowed to touch them. Not for cleaning, or even to protect you or your family. That is a federal law. You would need to have a pardon to be allowed to posses/hold a firearm.

  53. 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?

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

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

  55. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. I’m pretty sure you can not get a concealed carry in Philadelphia. It must be open carry but then even then it is frowned upon greatly. Philadelphia has different laws being a city.. Your beat best is to go into the court house or the sherif and ask them directly to give you the run down on all the rules in the city.. My suggestion is to get out of Philly.

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

  57. 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

    1. If you where not convicted then should not be issue! However if you where then sadly without the proper re-instatement you are in violation of even being around guns! And Felony convections last forever which is wrong depending on what it was in my view. Meaning you got a DUI on federal property its a felony and while the LOWEST it will TAKE YOUR RIGHTS FOREVER! If you don’t pay !1000s to get it back! Anything they can do to get your gun away. Because law abiding citizens are the only ones that honor this….sigh…

    2. Get it expunged if possible if you want a firearm if you have ANY criminal record

  58. 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?

    1. go to the states you will drive thru and see there legal ways to travel with guns, i know some states will let you transport as long as ammo and guns are separated of locked up as not to easily get to both.. Bestthing is to go to states main page search for gun laws

    2. I just drive through the commie states stacked. Imagine letting a law decide if you can protect yourself from a threat lol

    3. I would think carry gun in one bag ammo in the other. I carry mine on my hip loaded, with a ccw permit in pa. I am in a vehicle as per penn dot so…

  59. 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.

    1. So if that is the CASE then all young people JOINING the Military should be SENT HOME! Cause effectively you are stating that someone at 18 doesn’t have the ability to handle a gun responsibly so why should our young people be allowed to join the PN National Guard and Carry weapons? Your a legal TAX PAYING CITIZEN AT 18….PERIOD like it or not. The constitution didn’t stipulate 21 or this or a that or a bond or etc.

      1. Unfortunately that does not matter and they aren’t joining the military. And the military puts each recruit through extensive training. Thsts a bit of an insult to compare and 18 yr old on the street opposed to a 18 year old trained soldier. And even them a 20 year old Marine etc still can not get a CCW In PA until they are 21. You have to be 21 in Pa is get a CCW. period. You can spout the constitution all you like each state has its own laws regarding conceal carry.

    2. I remember when my brain wasn’t fully matured at 18 training to go to Iraq.

  60. 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?

      1. When gifted any firearm from a parent or grandparent there is no transfer or background check required for PA residents.

  61. 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 about this and I really want to know when it is right or wrong to , pull and discharge my firearm against a threat or attacker even if that means a store is being robbed that I am in
    Please any help on these matters would be appreciated

    1. I know this comment is a bit old but in Pa there is castle doctrine. You can defend yourself with your firearm without knowing if the intruder has a weapon or not. In public you can not fire or pull your weapon upon anyone who isn’t physically attacking you. Them having a gun or not doesn’t matter and words are words. You can not pull your weapon on someone for threats with words.

  62. 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?

    1. 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

    2. 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.

  63. 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.

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

  64. 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?

    1. 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.

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

        1. Do not spread misinformation. The Opioid declaration does NOT affect our gun rights. Open carry and concealed carry is currently fine.

      2. Most people don’t understand what open carry means. Open carry means you can openly carry a firearm while on foot only. You can’t be in a car or vehicle of any kind because that makes it concealed. PA being a open carry state really only means you can walk with your gun out in the open, without a ccw you have to carry it openly for everyone to see. Which is not the best moves to be making as it is sure to bring unwanted attention. Ccw is the only smart way to go.

    2. Be sure to vote republican. We dont need any NYC voters voting for communist democrats. Vote maga or go back home to new york.

  65. 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!

    1. 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 guidance prior to entering MD with a firearm. Virginia is less restrictive and even reciprocates with other states’ CCW rights. PA allows transportation of a loaded weapon in a vehicle for CCW carriers, and reciprocates with many states. Google CCW reciprocity to see if your state is included. If neither you our your spouse have CCW’s you still can transport unloaded pistols, rifles, and shotguns if the weapons are unloaded and out of your immediate reach. Best to put them in the trunk or a locked box or bag that’s well out of reach. PA law requires you to advise police of weapons in the car if asked. You do not have to proactively offer this info though. It’s only required if police ask while in performance of their official duty.

      1. Maryland law for transporting A pistol is, the weapon And Ammunition has to be in two separate location and it can’t be readily reached from your drivers position, I have a truck and I put my pistol under my back seat and lock my magazine in the glove compartment

    2. There is NO mag size restrictions in the state of Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact I just bought some 40 rounder mags

  66. 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.

    1. 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 considerably less than retail market value. Perhaps you have another family member who’d like to have it? Check FL statutes online to see what requirements they have for selling it to non-family members. Your best bet regardless of who you sell it to is to use a licensed dealer to process the transfer to whomever you eventually sell it to. That way you’ll have proof that you proactively attempted to transfer it as responibly as possible. PA law allows transfer from parents and grandparent to children without any background check, but if the pistol is already in your possession in FL, I don’t think this is an option for you

  67. 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.

      1. agree; technically no but they will use officer safety. I was in a 7 car accident on I476 around 2008 and one of the State Police officers held my pistol during the on scene investigation, inspected my license and challenged my current address was in the county of issue, almost to the point of harassment. However, in another scenario in my hometown a few years later, non-violent, the State Police officer inspected my license and strongly supported the idea of qualified legal citizens carrying. It just depends on the views of the Officer and their initial assessment of your disposition and threat which of course is influenced by current climate and geography.

    1. That depends. When you are stopped while driving, you ARE being formally detained. If you ask “am I being detained” the answer will be “Yes. For a traffic stop”. US Supreme Court decision PA vs Mimms allows officers to order you out of your vehicle for a pat-down, at which time any weapons found will be removed for officer safety.

      There is a difference between being detained and being arrested. Cops can absolutely lawfully (and have the DUTY to) disarm you when you are being detained or arrested.

  68. 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?

    1. 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.

  69. 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…

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

    2. Public housing is no different from regular housing and the same local, state, federal laws apply. I live in public housing and researched this for PA.

    3. What do you mean by “Public Housing”? If it is a homeless shelter, then NO. Firearms are not permitted. If it is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, then NO. If it is an inpatient mental health facility or inpatient hospital facility, then NO. If he is renting a house or apartment from a landlord, but under section 8, then YES.

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

    1. 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.

  70. 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?

    1. 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.

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

    2. 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

    3. 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.

        1. Only if you’re trying to buy ones discounted for law enforcement, the only exception to that would be a G18 but since that is an NFA firearm, a normal person is still able to buy it as long as you meet the requirements and pay the tax stamp. Otherwise, there are no glocks restricted to just law enforcement

    1. 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

  71. 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.

  72. As I remember, I believe it was New Jersey, there was a specific bullet design that was allowed in a carry firearm. Specifically, a solid, round nosed lead round of any handgun caliber. I am looking to see if there is such a restriction in the Pennsylvania carry rules.

  73. Is it possible to have a concealed carry for a Canadian Citizen ( already have my new Hampshire CCW) ? and how much does it cost?

    1. What is written in PA Gun Law is basically that an out-of-state valid CCW holder may obtain a Pennsylvania CCW so long as the other state offers reciprocity to its carry holders and the laws are in whole similar to those of Pennsylvania’s. This can easily be determined by calling a Sheriff’s Office in Pennsylvania.

  74. What are the laws restricting foster parents of owning legal in their private homes that is license to receive foster care children in the state of Pennsylvania

    1. Sorry, your question is unintelligible. Please have a look at what you submitted and try again.

    2. Foster parents are allowed to own guns as long as they are safely secured. I’m sure you’ve found an answer to this by now, but figured I’d put this on here in case somebody else had the same question.

  75. I have a ccw in Pennsylvania, I drive trucks for a living can I carry my handgun in my truck threw a city that doesn’t support PA gun carry if I’m just passing threw?

    1. If you’re just passing through you’re still under the jurisdiction of local law. If you get pulled over and your firearm is discovered to be carried in an illegal manner, you will be charged. Please verify local laws and take necessary precautions.

    2. I am a truck driver as well and it’s my belief under FEDERAL law we are not allowed to carry in a commercial vehicle at all.

      1. There is no law stating your not allowed to carry in a commercial vehicle, as long as you abide by the rules of each state, now your employer can frown upon it so it’s best to get permission from them and follow each states rules of conceal carry. I’m not a lawyer but I’m just letting you know what I know, if your not 100 percent sure contact a lawyer

        1. Driving a truck falls under the rules of the “Federal Motor Carrier”, the key word here is “Federal”, if you don’t posses a Federal carrying permit then it is illegal to carry in that truck period

  76. can anyone tell me the address I need to send my CCP application to? I live in NY and posses one here but I travel a lot and would like to acquire a PA license also. Thank you

    1. check out one of those programs where you can pay like 200 or 300 and get a ccp for like 37 states Just do a Google search for it

    2. In PA the county sheriff administers licenses. If yiu’re Close enough to the border, determine what that PA county is and call the sherrif’s office there for guidance. You might be able to easily drop your application off with them if it’s close enough to you.

  77. 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)

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

    2. It’s simple: don’t even think about it. NJ is one of, if not the, worst states in the country concerning firearms. It’s virtually impossible for anyone besides politicians, judges and the politically connected to get a CCW in NJ. There are numerous examples of people from other states, unaware of how strict NJ is, being convicted of felonies for bringing a gun into NJ. Look up what happened to Shaneen Allen.

      1. As a former subject of the Peoples Socialist Republic of New Jerseystan, I strongly advise that you take nothing but your Drivers License, Vehicle registration, Insurance Card and Spending Money with you. New Jersey was one if not the worst states for gun control, even under Republican Chris Christy. With the election of Commissar Pat Murphy, it has gone from bad to worse. One reason I crossed the river upon retirement. PS, Why would you want to go to NJ anyway?

        1. Paul, thanks, I needed a response like yours. (I’m still smiling). I also left PSR of NJ, but 34 years ago when it was only starting to turn. I worked nights in NJ up to 2008 and it always troubled me that I had to disarm at the border.

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

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

    2. 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.

    3. Go to county sheriff in PA, fill out form, wait 2 weeks and pay $20 an there you go all done.

  79. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. sad for you, but I suspect it will be close to impossible. The governor can pardon you, but beyond that, I think you have almost no options. The other person who commented that you can’t even have a gun is right. That includes ammo too. According to federal law (the guncontrol act of 1968) you can’t be “in possession” of either. My understanding is this would mean you cant even hold in your hands a gunnor bullet owned by someone else. And if that isn’t enough, some states like Maryland and NY extend the term “firearm” to include common firearm components like firearm magazines. It’s best for you to keep clear of firearms until you get your rights restored. If you’re facing some kind of active threat (ie stalking, abuse, etc) go see your county sheriff to get advice on how to get your rights restored. It’s a long shot, but if you’re in danger, it’s certainly worth it. Best of luck.

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

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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?

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      If your spouse does not have a CCW permit then she would be breaking the law by carrying or using the firearm.

      1. Incomplete answer, IF the spouse was carrying concealed then of course she would be breaking the law without having a license to carry firearm. IF she were open carrying (legal in entire Commonwealth except Philadelphia – without license) then she would be breaking ZERO laws!! This is the correct and complete answer in short.

        To the OP, there is no firearm registration in the Commonwealth of PA … at least not a LEGAL one. PA state police have been breaking that law for years. They have been sued over their disregard for what’s written in the State’s constitution but they continue to do what they want. Not sure what your asking by “kept in your name” except maybe you filled out the 4473 PICS form and purchased the firearm? Hate to tell you this but your problem would be a civil suit just like any other property. You could have had the firearms listed in the divorce decree … that’s what I would have done. For example, lets say I have $50K worth of firearms and accessories. Almost all the items were purchased by me with me being the 4473 applicant. They are now household property like TV’s, tools and pets!! You or your lawyer would need to negotiate who gets what for ALL property. My truck, registered only to me and driven only by me is still part hers.

        I’m guessing the firearm was an afterthought from you after the divorce was final … if that’s the case I believe you can do nothing … its hers. I am not a lawyer and I’m offering NO advice to be clear. I would suggest you go back to your divorce attorney OR hire a firearm attorney and ask him the question you posed here. Good luck

        1. I have also read and interpreted that the police background checks must be destroyed after 24 hours. As for a “registry”, I have also interpreted that gun dealers are only allowed to keep purchase records for “tax purposes”. Please comment on this and if the old handgun I bought from my neighbor is legal to own

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

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