Pennsylvania Gun Laws
Outside of Philadelphia, there is no law preventing open carry. However Opiate Emergency declaration might now restrict carry. Title 18 of state statutes states that "No person shall carry a firearm upon the public streets or upon any public property during an emergency proclaimed by a State or municipal governmental executive,"
Duty to Notify Law Enforcement:
Not required by law to notify the officer upon official contact or when ID requested.
Concealed handgun carry by recognized permittees in outdoor areas is allowed
Restaurants Serving Alcohol:
Firearms at Colleges:
No general firearms prohibition that applies to colleges and universities in PA. The law allows each institution to decide what rules to implement. However, many state universities lifted complete bans they once had in place. Instead, permit those with License to Carry Firearms to carry, at least in some places on campus.
Firearms at K-12 Schools:
PA prohibits possession of a firearm (including handguns and long guns) “in the buildings of, on the grounds of, or in any conveyance providing transportation to or from any school grounds except universities.
Magazine Capacity Limitations:
Legal if all NFA requirements are met.
Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees:
Vehicle transport is limited to a long gun weapon that is unloaded and in plain view with its actions open. The unloaded firearm may also be secured in a closed commercial gun case, gun rack, or trunk. Handguns require LTCF except if 1) constable; 2) military member on duty; 3) members of any organization duly organized to purchase or receive such firearms from US or Commonwealth; 4) anyone engaging in target shooting with firearm in process of coming/going to place of practice; 5) officers or employees of the US authorized to carry; 6) agents, messengers of common carriers, banks or business firms required to protect money; 7) persons engaged in the business of manufacturing repairing or dealing in firearms; 8) any person carrying a firearm which is not loaded and in a secure wrapper from purchase/repair place to home; 9) person licensed to hunt; 10) persons training dogs; 11) any person while carrying firearm in vehicle who possess lawful license for that firearm under US or any other state; 12) person with expired LTCF of <6months; 13) anyone otherwise eligible to possess who is operating a motor vehicle registered to themselves or spouse and has legal license for firearm; 14) person lawfully engaged in interstate transportation;15) anyone who possesses a valid permit from another state; 16) anyone holding a license in accordance with section 6109(f)(3).
Firearm Law Uniformity:
Firearm laws uniform throughout state except in Philadelphia.
Permit Training Requirements:
Permit Issuing Authority:
You must apply to the sheriff in the county where you reside
State Contact Info:
Pennsylvania Attorney General
16th Floor Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Length of Permit Validity:
Permit Application Process:
Both NEW and RENEWAL Applicants need ONLY do the following:
1. Appear in-person with a valid and accurate PA Drivers' License or PA Photo ID Card.
2. Completely fill out an application (References are NOT required for Renewals ONLY.)
3. Upon approval, payment of $20.00 in the form of CASH ONLY is required.
Non-residents may apply if they have a permit from their home state or if you are from Vermont. Specific county sheriffs may have additional restrictions
Places Off Limits:
The law sets forth several places where your license does not allow you to carry a handgun. Under the law, you may not carry a concealed handgun into the following places: • Court facilities • Detention facilities • Correctional Facilities • Mental Hospitals • School buildings, grounds or transportation • Airport terminals or airplanes beyond screening checkpoint or other restricted areas •Federal Property. Possession of a concealed firearm is allowed in automobiles, watercrafts, commercial vehicles, state parks, restaurants, hotels and casinos. 18 Pa.C.S. §5122, 18 Pa.C.S. §6106, 18 Pa.C.S. §6109, 18 U.S.C. §930(a)
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
Duty to Retreat:
No Duty to Retreat
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