PENNSYLVANIA GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide

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QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry PermittedSEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information


Pennsylvania gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” policy. You can open carry unlicensed anywhere in the state except Philadelphia City or in a vehicle. Concealed licenses are issued at the county level by the local sheriff’s office. Licenses are available for residents and non-residents who are 21 or older and meet other criteria. If you do not have a license the firearms in vehicles must be unloaded and locked in a case.

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CCW Reciprocity Map

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CCW license recognition
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state


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

Arizona – Pennsylvania only honors the residential permit.
Florida – Pennsylvania only honors the residential permit.
Mississippi – Pennsylvania only honors the residential permit.
North Dakota – Pennsylvania only honors the ND Class 1 permit.
Utah – Pennsylvania only honors the residential permit.
Virginia – Pennsylvania only honors the residential permit.

Permits/Licenses

Pennsylvania is a “shall issue” state.
Non-Resident permits available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

  • 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 – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
  2. You will need two references, not family members.
  3. Take the application with a drivers license or State ID to the Sheriffs office in the county you reside in.
  4. Fill out the form and pay the fee of $20.
  5. You will be notified within 45 days if your application has been approved or denied.
  6. If approved you will need to pickup your permit/license from the Sheriffs office.

New Permits: $20
Renewal: $20

Accepted forms of payment
Money order, Cash, Personal check

  • pennsylvania concealed carry application form

WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • 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.

Details on Pennsylvania Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Sheriff in the applicants county of residence.
45 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 45 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
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.
NO
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Pennsylvania gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

NO – Without a Permit/License
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 permit/license you can carry a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle.
YES – Without a Permit/License
Open carry is legal if a person is 18 or older and legally allowed to possess a firearm. You will need a permit/license to open carry in a vehicle or the city of Philadelphia.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
YES
You are permitted to carry in state parks (License is required to conceal carry in State Parks), state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.

Get in Touch


Philadelphia County Sheriff

Hours


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 100 South Broad St. #5

CityPhiladelphia, PA 19110

Phone (215) 686-3565

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