State Gun Laws for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.

Pennsylvania Gun Laws

Pennsylvania Gun Laws

Licensing/Registration
Rifles/Shotguns
Handguns
Permit to Purchase
No
No
Firearm Registration
No
No
Licensing of Owners
No
No
Permit to Carry
No
Yes
Legal Liabilities
Responsibility
*'Special places' mentioned in statute, such as:
home, workplace, occupied vehicle.
Duty to retreat before using deadly force outside of special places
Yes
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force outside of special places
Yes
Duty to retreat before using deadly force when occupying special places
No
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force in special places (Presumption of Reasonableness)
No
Immunity from civil liability
No
Notable provisions of self-defense law in Pennsylvania
N/A

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Pennsylvania

Only an individual who is 21 years of age or older may apply for a license to carry a firearm. A completed application must be submitted to the Sheriff of the county in which you reside or if you are a resident of a city of the first class, you must then apply with the Chief of Police of that city along with the required fee(s).

Individuals who are 21 years of age or older and are NOT Pennsylvania residents may apply for a license by submitting a completed Application to any Pennsylvania County Sheriff’s office along with the required fee(s).

*Pennsylvania is considered an “open carry” state, which means that it is generally legal for an adult to openly carry a firearm without a permit. In fact, according to Section 21 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution, every citizen has a right “…to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State...” (Penn. Stat. and Con. Stat. Art. I § 21.)

*However, Pennsylvania’s open carry policy does not mean that everyone may have a gun, or that you may always carry a gun wherever you like. While you may carry a concealed weapon in your own house or fixed place of business without a permit, you are required to obtain a special concealed carry permit to carry a concealed weapon under most other circumstances. (18 Penn. Stat. and Con. Stat. § 1290.4.)

For more info see the Pennsylvania State Police website: Click Here

List of Reciprocity States: CLICK HERE

Pennsylvania does not recognizes non-resident permits or licenses from Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Utah and Virginia.


 State Gun Laws Pennsylvania PA 

Pennsylvania Sate Gun Laws Vary From All Other States

State gun laws vary significantly from in Pennsylvania to all other states. The laws identify different gun related laws including the possession, the use, and the sale of firearms and ammunition, and in some states it even regulates accessories that can be used on the gun including the capacity of magazine sizes for both semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Also, many states even including Pennsylvania have regulations regarding the number of rounds that can be in a shotgun tube or magazine. (For Hunting) There are even specific gun laws unique to the District of Columbia and for US held territories.

Many state gun laws are even more restrictive than federal laws in both their content, their form, and the restriction of what types of weapons and ammunition can be sold within the state and the manner in which they can be possessed by state or territorial residents. It is vital that all residents of Pennsylvania know ALL of the State Gun Laws!

As of 2019 there are 44 states that have some special provisions in their state constitutions that are very similar in language used in the second amendment of the United States Constitution, specifically language which protects the citizens of the State the rights to keep and bear arms.

In Pennsylvania As In All States You Must Know The Gun Laws

The states which are well known to be anti-gun, and seem to have obvious political leanings against the Second Amendment are New York, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota and Maryland. Luckily, in the US supreme court decision of McDonald vs. Chicago; That the protections of the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms for self defense in one’s home apply against state governments and their politically motivated provisions, thereby preventing a state from abolishing completely any second amendment protections afforded by the US Constitution.

Typically, and in many cases State Gun Laws (Firearms) of Pennsylvania are usually less restrictive than federal laws yet is not always the case, and one must be aware of these restrictions anytime they are purchasing or carrying a firearm in Pennsylvania especially while using a concealed carry permit and traveling between states. There are many states that have reciprocity agreements and Pennsylvania may be one of them, the recipocity are very specific on what states your particular permit will be accepted and recognized.

If You Travel From Pennsylvania With A Gun Know The Recipocity Laws!

Keep in mind that although your Pennsylvania permit may have a reciprocity agreement with a state you plan to visit the visiting state may have individual gun restrictions preventing your particular firearm or type of ammunition from being in their state, it is always wise to do your homework before traveling, keep in mind that a reciprocity CCW permit is not a blanket approval.

Remember this does not automatically include any de jure immunity against prosecution for violating any Pennsylvania state gun laws or possible violations of any federal gun laws!

It should be noted that Pennsylvania state and local police departments are generally not legally required or obligated to enforce federal gun laws as per the US Supreme Court ruling in Printz vs. The United States.

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