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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Mason Dude
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Mason Dude

I live in Delaware, I have a CC permit for Delaware. I also have a Pennsylvania CC permit. Does the Pennsylvania permit allow me to carry in other states the same as Pennsylvania residents?

Myshell
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Myshell

If you have a family handgun purchased before guns had to be registered 1966 about. Does that person now have to register though all information on gun has lost, after over 50 plus years?

Sean
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Sean

There is no requirement to register firearms other than in a few Democrat-controlled cities. The federal government, by law, is not allowed to compile lists of firearms or their owners though the neo-marxists that populate much of the Democrat Party have no doubt violated this law at times.

Charlotte Hanning
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Charlotte Hanning

I’d like to know about the law’s for someone carrying a gun that has a drug problem and has also been in a Mental health hospital ?

Sean
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Sean

Persons who have been confined (not self-committed) in a mental institution by a court or other governmental entity as a result of a diagnosis of mental impairment/disease are not eligible to purchase or possess firearms. Persons who are regular users of illegal drugs or habitual abusers of legal drugs are not eligible to purchase or possess firearms.

Susan
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Susan

How can u fine out if some has a permit to carry and what type of gun is registered

DvS
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DvS

Pennsylvania has no gun registry and it is in fact illegal for any state body to keep a list of firearms and who owns them. There is additionally no mechanism for private citizens to gain access to the state list of issued concealed carry permits unless that individual chooses to divulge that information to you.

Darrin jones
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Darrin jones

I know this question probably has already been answered. But i travel from phila to delaware. I hate to always have to leave my firearm home, everytime i go to visit family.

DvS
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DvS

Get a Utah permit. It is recognized in Delaware. So long as you have a PA resident permit you are eligible to apply (and likely will receive) a Utah CCW.

Ken
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Ken

Get a Idaho permit

Ken
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Ken

I meant Utah

Jack
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Jack

So if I get a concealed carry permit in Florida and then move to Pennsylvania, then PA will not recognize the concealed carry permit until I become a PA resident?

Ken
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Ken

Not true. Florida is a nonresident permit state. If you acquire permanent residence in Pa. I recommend you get a Pa. Permit

Darby
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Darby

Okay, so this is a bit complicated. Right before I graduated from college I moved to Pennsylvania. For my graduation ceremony I traveled back to my home state (Florida) to celebrate with my family and participate in my graduation ceremony. To my surprise my father gifted me a gun as my graduation gift This is not something that I wanted but I was so stunned and caught off guard at the moment that I accepted it. When he gifted me this gun I was still registered as a Florida residence because I had only been in Pennsylvania for a few… Read more »

Ken
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Ken

A father can gift a firearm to his kids or his wife without paperwork.

Joe
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Joe

is it legal for me to own a handgun in Pennsylvania at 19 years old

matt
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matt

no you need to be 21 years old to own a handgun in Pennsylvania.

Ken
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Ken

No! You can legally buy and own shotgun or rifle but not a firearm/postol/handgun

Ryan
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Ryan

Ignore them. You can OWN a pistol at the age of 18 years old in PA. However you cannot carry it or BUY a pistol until 21. However if the gun was gifted to you then you are legally allowed to have it in your home or vehicle. However if in your vehicle it must be unloaded.

James
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James

Can i carry a unloaded long gun in my vehicle as a “truck gun”

DvS
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DvS

If it is accessible from the passenger compartment it will be considered a concealed firearm and you will need a LCF (license to carry firearms). Without a PA LCF you will need to keep the firearm separate from the ammunition, in a separate case not accessible from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

Rick
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Rick

No. Unless you are prohibited from owning/purchasing a handgun I suggest you obtain a PA CC permit. Resident permits only cost $19.00 for 5 years and are easy to obtain. Contact your county Sheriff’s office for forms and details.

Michael Fragassi
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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
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Jok

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

Jok
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Jok

In Philadelphia PA

Billy
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Billy

No limits in the state of Pennsylvania

Ken
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Ken

Depends what state. Ca. Only allows 10

Dan
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Dan

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

Ken
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Ken

No! As long as its a legal. My friends n I swap guns

Rick
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Rick

No. As a matter of fact, you don’t even need to own a handgun to obtain a PA permit! It will allow you to carry ANY handgun whether owned or borrowed.

Donald P Schuler
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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

Ken
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Ken

Depends. If in Pa. You have to apply in the county on your drivers or non drivers license

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

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Sylvan
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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
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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
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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.
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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.

Ken
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Ken

Carry a safe pocket gun with a pocket holster

Claire
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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
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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.

Ken
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Ken

Be careful while traveling

Rick
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Rick

As long as your permanent address is still in PA, simply renew your permit just as you would if you were still at that address.

Scott
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)