Finding The Right Shooting Range For Your Needs, in Pennsylvania

Choosing The Right Shooting Range Pennsylvania PA

Outdoor Shooting Lanes When choosing a range in Pennsylvania to go to it is always good to talk to someone has been there before, some considerations is whether the range only accommodates handguns, and/or rifles, or a mix of the two. If you're a new handgun shooter you may not want to be in the lane next to someone shooting a .308 rifle.

Depending on the type of range in Pennsylvania that you have chosen you will be using anything from paper type Silhouette targets, Bull's-eye style targets or steel targets which could be stationary or moving and or interactive.

Typically the vast majority of indoor ranges in Pennsylvania are designed primarily for handgun shooting, although there are some new newer ranges that have lanes set aside in another portion of the building for the larger caliber rifles. 

Whether you live in Pennsylvania or in another state you can find a complete list of Shooting Ranges in our database of Shooting Industry businesses found on the home page of US Precision Defense.

This Video Illustrates all types of Shooting Ranges and Target combinations In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Constitutional Provision states: “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.”

The process for obtaining an License To Carry a Firearm (LTCF) in Pennsylvania is good due to the fact that the process is very thorough in making sure that permits are not granted to people that may be irresponsible or pose a danger to others (minors, convicted felons, domestic abusers, etc.) while making it very simple for trustworthy and law-abiding citizens to obtain with relative ease.

An individual who is 21 years of age or older may apply for a license to carry firearms by submitting a completed Application for a Pennsylvania “License to Carry Firearms” to the sheriff of the county in which they reside or if a resident of a city of the first class, with the chief of police of that city along with the required fee.

 May 2013; A switch to an online system and additional staffing are expected to speed up Pennsylvania's approval of concealed weapons license applications, eliminating delays. A $1.2 million upgrade is planned for the Pennsylvania Instant Check System, which is used for the background checks sheriff's departments and firearms dealers must run to issue concealed-carry licenses or sell guns.

Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements with; Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Pennsylvania shall issue a LTCF to residents and non-resident applicants if no good cause exists to deny the license. Non-resident applicants must first obtain a license from their home state, unless their home state does not issue licenses

The state preempts local regulation of the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition, or ammunition components.

US Precision Defense maintains a database of every states gun laws and reciprocity agreements. We also have a free directory of; firearms instructors, shooting ranges, and gun smiths. We also have an on-line store of shooting products and accessories and an exclusive members only section.  

While Pennsylvania has a specific law that requires a License To Carry Firearms for the concealed carry of a firearm, and the carry of firearms in vehicles, the law is silent on the legality of openly carrying a firearm in other situations, making it what some would argue legal by default. It is highly suggested that before you “open carry” you contact your local law enforcement agency to get their interpretation of the law, (get the name and rank of the officer you speak to.)

There is however a law that requires a License To Carry Firearms to carry either way in "cities of the first class", which as defined by law is only the city of Philadelphia.

“Open Carry” is a term referring to the right of law abiding citizens 18 or older to display their firearm in public spaces without the need for a permit. The legal basis for this right can be found in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution. This federal right has been further defined by the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act of 1995 which places restrictions on firearms owned by citizens of the Commonwealth. Open carry is Prohibited in the following places:  Within the city of Philadelphia, any school, any courthouse, any federal facility, and state park, any adult or juvenile detention facility, in a motor vehicle, in a private business (if notified verbally or by signage)

The Pennsylvania Sheriff’s association when asked about their position on gun control efforts coming out of Washington took a somewhat neutral stance, much different than other Sheriff’s associations from across the country, their official statement is: “The Sheriffs are Constitutional Officers sworn to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth.  No directive has been given, nor is any directive expected to require the removal or surrender of any firearms in this state.”

A police chief in Gilberton, Pennsylvania, a small burough in Schuylkill County with a population of only 867 people, is proposing a ’2nd Amendment Preservation’ Ordinance that he plans to present to the city council during its January 24, 2013 meeting. The ordinance, if adopted, would formally require the city to “enact any and all measures as may be necessary” to prevent the violation of the 2nd Amendment by any federal, state or local entity. The support of the second amendment is growing and the push back to the feds is something the liberal congress we don’t thing ever saw coming!

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