Concealed Carry Permits In Pennsylvania Is Governed By A State Constitution

Concealed Carry Permits Pennsylvania PA

Concealed Carry Options for WomenState constitutions generally govern the ability to obtain a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit, however, not all states require them. There are just a few states – like Arizona, Vermont, and Alaska – which include what’s called “constitutional carry” laws in their legal structure, and a permit is not required to carry a concealed firearm. There are other stipulations within constitutional carry, however, that demand that anyone carrying a concealed weapon identify it when in contact with any Peace Officer. Failure to do so can result in felony charges being filed. Make sure you know the laws in Pennsylvania. 

Do you know the laws where you live in Pennsylvania, you may be able to take advantage of the streamlined application process that exists within “Shall Issue” states. The standard approval process usually includes a background check, one or more required classes, qualification with your firearm (safety and marksmanship), and paying the required fee. Currently, Utah, Nevada, and Florida are the easiest states to obtain a Shall Issue CCW.

Concealed Carry Permits In Pennsylvania Are Different From Other States

While obtaining a Concealed Carry permit requires an application for most citizens, even when acquiring one, it doesn’t mean that it is free from restrictions. For instance, in Pennsylvania you may only be allowed to carry a revolver rather than a semi-automatic pistol, or you may only be allowed to carry a specific caliber of firearm. Additionally, you may have to undergo testing for proficiency regarding weapon safety and marksmanship, and in some instances, your CCW permissions may be limited to the county or city where the permit was issued. Where proficiency testing does occur, it usually happens on either an annual or semi-annual basis. Women and Concealed Carry

There are three types of Concealed Carry in States, Shall Issue, May Issue, and Constitutional  Carry

Although some issuers of CCWs are not as strict as others, acquiring a CCW in Pennsylvania may not be an easy process. There are “Shall Issue” states and “May Issue” states, ( and Constitutional Carry which do not require any permit) and if your state happens to be a “May Issue” state, then the local authorities are generally given discretion as to whether they believe it should be issued or not. However, no matter which type of issuance your state’s laws command, you will still have to go through a lengthy application process. In most locales, this means a long application requiring extensive information, some may also require a convincing letter that provides justification for your need of a Concealed Carry permit, and possible an oral interview as well. 

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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.

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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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