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Overview for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s State Constitution guarantees people the right to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state.

In Pennsylvania it is illegal for anyone convicted of a violent crime to own a handgun. It is also a crime to alter or remove a firearm’s serial number unless the firearm is an antique. For a firearm to be considered antique the gun must have been made in or before 1898, or a replica of a firearm made on or before 1898.

Currently Pennsylvania does not have a Firearm registration, though State police do keep track of handgun sales. More information on Pennsylvania gun laws ca be found here.


Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails
Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to PurchaseNoNo
Open CarryYesYes
Concealed CarryYesYes
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsYesYes
Firearm RegistrationNoNo
Owner LicenseNoNo

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Offical Concealed Carry page for Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania honors the permits of

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Pennsylvania's permits are honored by

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming


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