Pennsylvania Gun Laws

(Updated: March 26, 2019)

Overview Of Pennsylvania Concealed Carry Laws

Issuing Status:Shall Issue
Inform Law Enforcement:No
Honors Other States Permits:Yes
Issues Non Resident Permits:Yes
Prohibited Locations:
  • Courthouses
  • Elementary/ secondary schools
  • Licensed slot maching establishments
  • Detention facilities
  • Mental health facilities
  • Interior offices of the Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation, and State Athletic Commission and leased offices and facilities
*No Guns* Signs Force Of Law:Yes
Store In Vehicle:Yes
Allowed In State Parks:Yes
Allowed In National Parks:Yes
Allowed In Game Management Units:
Allowed In Wildlife Management Areas:Yes
Allowed At Road Rest Areas:Yes
Allowed In Restaurants Where Alcohol Served:Yes
States Honoring Pennsylvania PermitAlaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
Open Carry Allowed:Yes


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Pennsylvania Pistol Permit News

(Jan. 11, 2015) New law makes it easier to challenge municipal gun laws: Pennsylvania has long prohibited its municipalities from enforcing firearms ordinances regulating the ownership, possession, or transfer of guns/ammunition. Gun-rights groups complained that many municipalities have ignored the two-decade-old prohibition by passing their own gun measures. Under the new state law, gun owners no longer have to prove they have been harmed by the local measure to successfully challenge it, and organizations like the NRA can sue on behalf of any PA member.

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