Pennsylvania Gun Laws
Outside of Philadelphia, there is no law preventing open carry. However Opiate Emergency declaration might now restrict open carry in public. 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 Carry is legal in accordance with state laws that regulate the right to carry
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 Without Recognized Permit:
Firearms prohibited in vehicle without valid permit unless: You possess a valid license for that firearm issued by any state or you possess a license or permit to carry from a state which the attorney general has determined has similar firearm laws to PA regardless of reciprocity status (18 PA.C.S.A. 6106)
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 State Police
1800 Elmerton Ave
Harrisburg, PA 17110
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 or may not issue non-resident permits at all.
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 if . . . (he) believes it is immediately necessary to do so to protect himself against death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping, or sexual intercourse by force or threat.” See 18 Pa.C.S. § 505(b)(2.3)
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