Pennsylvania issues a license to carry a pistol or the possession of firearms in the state.
To apply, you must meet all requirements provided by the gun laws of the state.
Pennsylvania has a shall-issue policy for the possession of firearms issued at the level of a county sheriff office or the police chief of a city for first-class citizens.
The state does not issue purchase permits to buy firearms. But every buyer must complete a criminal record check.
To apply for a Pennsylvania gun permit, you must be at least twenty-one years old, and must not have a prohibition against the possession or use of firearms.
Pennsylvania issues permit only for concealed carry. It is a permissive open carry state.
If you are at least eighteen years old or more, with legal rights to possess firearms, you can open carry in Pennsylvania without a gun license.
However, you cannot open carry in every location because some places are off-limits for the possession of firearms, such as schools, government buildings, restricted properties, etc.
The state prohibits the possession of firearms defined as offensive weapons such as machine guns, except the person carrying it is a licensed individual.
Also, ammunition with Teflon coatings or those that can pierce armor is unlawful in the state except for military members or law enforcement officers.
All the requirements provided by Pennsylvania pistol permit laws that have to do with the application of pistol permit in the state includes the following:
A summary of firearms permits issued in Pennsylvania includes the following:
The cost for both initial and renewal permit applications in Pennsylvania is twenty dollars.
The processes to apply for pistol permits in Pennsylvania include the following:
You can either download the application or visit your county sheriff’s office to pick it up.
Note that you must provide two references before you can apply, and these references may not be your family members
You must submit the following documents to proceed with the application:
Pay the required fee.
Take the documents to your local sheriff office or the police state department for resident and non-residents permit, respectively.
A background check will be done, and depending on how fast it is, you will get your permit the same day.
If not, you will have to go home, and you will receive an approval mail after a stipulated period.
Note that you must provide a good cause for concealed carry before applying for a Pennsylvania gun permit.
If an applicant does not have a good cause to conceal carry the law enforcement has the discretion to reject such application.
Your reason to conceal carry can range from self-defense to employment, range shooting, hunting, or any other valid cause.
For the Pennsylvania renewal permit process, you can begin the application at least two months before the expiry date.
If you do not renew your permit within this period, you may forfeit it, thereby making it invalid. This means that you have to apply for another one.
For renewal permits, the options to choose from are:
Pennsylvania has reciprocity for a gun license with some states in the country. Hence it will accept pistol permits from these states.
Other aspects of its reciprocity include:
If you are a resident of these states, you can possess firearms within Pennsylvania’s territory, but according to Pennsylvania gun laws. These states are:
These states will accept your Pennsylvania gun license, but you can only handle firearms according to the laws provided by the gun statutes of the states: They include the following:
These states will honor a gun license from Pennsylvania, but you must still meet other individual requirements before carrying firearms. The states under this category are:
Most of the states here are constitutional carry states that do not require pistol permits to open or conceal firearms within their territories. However, some of them may have other requirements you must satisfy before you can possess a firearm without a permit. They include the following:
Some of the most frequently asked questions about pistol permit application and other information in Pennsylvania include the following:
Yes, you can only conceal carry in Pennsylvania if you have a gun license issued by the state.
The permit is valid for five years, after which you have to apply for another one.
Yes, Non-residents who have gun permits from their state can apply for a non-residents pistol license in Pennsylvania.
To change name or address on your Pennsylvania gun license, visit your local county sheriff with either a driver’s license or any other identification card that carries your new name or address. The fee is five dollars.
Visit your local sheriff's office with either a driver’s license or a state identification card and a duplicate permit fee of five dollars.
You must live in Pennsylvania for at least ninety days before applying for a gun license in your local county.
No, your Pennsylvania pistol permit expires as soon as you establish residency in another state.
No, you do not need a permit to open carry in Pennsylvania.
As long as you are eighteen years old and have legal rights to possess firearms, you can open carry in Pennsylvania.
You must be at least twenty-one years old before you apply for a gun license in Pennsylvania.
No, Pennsylvania does not issue purchase permits to buy firearms in the state.
No, before buying firearms in Pennsylvania, you must complete a criminal record check regardless of if you are a licensee or not.
No, there are no requirements to be a permit holder before possessing firearms in the state’s private properties.
No, there are no requirements to complete firearm training before applying for a pistol permit in Pennsylvania.
The processing period for a gun license in Pennsylvania is forty-five days.
Yes, the state has all authority to control firearms in all political subdivisions, but local municipalities can regulate the discharge of firearms.
You must be at least eighteen years old to possess firearms in Pennsylvania.
Some of the Pennsylvania pistol permit laws relating to the possession of firearms in the state include the following:
If you have a Pennsylvania gun permit or anyone from a state that it reciprocates, you can carry firearms in your private vehicle.
However, you can still carry firearms in private vehicles if you do not have a permit, just that the gun must be unloaded and kept away from the bullets in a different compartment.
The only exception to this law are members of the military actively on duty and law enforcement officers.
[18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 6106]
You can possess firearms in roadside areas of the state as long as you have a gun license from Pennsylvania or a pistol permit from any state that it recognizes.
According to the gun law, [34 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2525 & 58 PA Cons. Stat. § 135.41], you can carry firearms in these places as long as you are a Pennsylvania pistol permit holder, or you have a license from any state it reciprocates.
There are no Pennsylvania gun statutes that prohibit the possession of firearms in restaurant and bar ventures, except there is a post restricting such, or the management verbally informs you about the prohibition.
There are no gun laws in Pennsylvania that restrict or prohibits the possession of firearms in Hotels or similar establishments in the state.
However, Pennsylvania allows private properties and business owners to regulate or prohibit the possession of firearms on their premises.
This means that hotel management can develop gun policies for the possession of firearms on their properties, regardless of whether a visitor is a licensee.
For more information about this, you have to visit the hotel website.