Pennsylvania Gun Laws

Pennsylvania Gun Laws

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

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry Concealed NO YES
*Open Carry YES YES

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


State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Kidnapping, sexual intercourse compelled by force or threat

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Dwelling place or work

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

No - You cannot believe or have reason to believe that force less than deadly force would adequate to terminate the entry or you must believe intruder is about to commit a felony or attempt to dispossess you of your dwelling

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law



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

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