Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Pennsylvania

Women And Handgun Shooting Pennsylvania PA

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Pennsylvania, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Pennsylvania, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Pennsylvania?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Pennsylvania who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Pennsylvania. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Pennsylvania

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Pennsylvania and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Pennsylvania, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Pennsylvania that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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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.

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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