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Pennsylvania Concealed Carry Laws

Honors PA Permit:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

PA Permit Not Honored:
Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington, Washington DC

PA Res Permits Only:
Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire

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

PA Does Not Honor Permit:
Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC

Right Denied
Illinois

 

Are concealed carry permits available in the state of Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania is a Shall Issue state that also honors non-resident conceal carry permits from other designated states.

As of 1995, the Attorney General authorized through the Pennsylvania General Assembly that the state has the authority to honor reciprocity agreements with other states. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania now has formally written reciprocity agreements held with 18 different states, offering non-residents a valid concealed carry license honored in the state of Pennsylvania.

This firearms reciprocity in Pennsylvania is broken up into six different categories:

  1. States with a written reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania.
  2. States with a statutory reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania under the Uniform Firearms Act.
  3. Unilateral reciprocity for Pennsylvania license holders granted by another state.
  4. Pennsylvania residents can apply for a license from another state: Maryland, Massachusetts, or Washington.
  5. State does not grant licenses or recognize individuals from another state and does not extend reciprocity to Pennsylvania license holders.
  6. Concealed carry is permitted without a license or permit: only in the state of Vermont.

Further information on all Pennsylvania concealed carry reciprocity agreements can be found at:

Senior Deputy Attorney General George Zaiser
Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
16th Floor, Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-3391

 

Where can I get a Pennsylvania Concealed Carry Permit?

A concealed carry license in the state of Pennsylvania will be issued by the sheriff in the county where you reside or by the chief of police if you are resident of a city of the first class.

Non-residents of Pennsylvania who are 21 years of age or older can apply for a CCW license by submitting a completed Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms application to any County Sheriff’s office with the necessary fee. However, a Pennsylvania CCW license can’t be issued to a non-resident from another state that does not currently hold a CCW license or permit in their home state, if a conceal and carry license is required in their home state.

 

How do I apply for a license?

The CCW license application process in the state of Pennsylvania is very simple. In order to apply, take your Pennsylvania driver’s license or state ID to a local sheriff’s office in the county where you live. You will also need to provide the names, addresses, and phone numbers of two references and a check for the license application fee.

Once you inform the sheriff’s office that you would like to apply for a CCW license, you will fill out the application and pay the necessary fee. The license will be issued through the sheriff’s office within 45 days if it is approved.

Once the Pennsylvania concealed carry license has been officially approved, it is valid for a period of five years.

Please note that in some cases a sheriff’s office may require a secondary ID along with an official Pennsylvania driver’s license in order to process the application. Some counties may also have residency requirement periods of 90 days to prove residency in Pennsylvania. Some counties may require that the application references reside in the county where you are applying for a license.

In order to apply for a non-resident license in Pennsylvania, you must apply in Pennsylvania. Non-resident Pennsylvania CCW licenses are no longer available by mail. You must submit a completed and signed application in Pennsylvania with the following information:

  • A photocopy of your CCW license from your home state, if required. Illinois residents must provide a FOID card.
  • Photocopy of your driver’s license.
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers for two valid references.
  • A check for $20-$24 for a five year CCW license (includes an out-of-state processing fee).

Keep in mind that a CCW license in Pennsylvania is not a license to purchase firearms. You can still purchase firearms through a licensed dealer, although a background check will be conducted whether or not you have the proper conceal and carry license.

The application for a CCW license in Pennsylvania can be found at:

http://www.co.centre.pa.us/sheriff/license_to_carry.pdf

 

How much does the license cost?

A conceal and carry license in Pennsylvania costs roughly $19, depending upon the county.

 

Am I eligible for a Concealed Carry Permit in the state of Pennsylvania?

In order to be eligible for a concealed carry permit in Pennsylvania, you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Submit the completed application required for the Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms.

If you are 18 years of age or older and have a license to hunt, trap, or fish, or if you have been issued a permit for hunting dogs, you are eligible to apply for a Sportsman’s Firearm Permit. In order to do so, you must submit the necessary application with the required fee to the treasurer’s office in the county where you reside.

The Sportsman’s Firearm Permit will be issued immediately and is valid in Pennsylvania for five years from the date of issue. This permit enables you to carry any legal firearm for the purpose of fur trapping, fishing, hunting, or any activity related to hunting dogs. However, this license is not a license to carry a concealed weapon in Pennsylvania.

 

Where can I carry a concealed weapon after receiving a license?

A Pennsylvania CCW license is necessary to carry a concealed weapon on your person or in a vehicle. A handgun that is transported in a vehicle without the proper license must remain unloaded; rifles and shotguns can also be transported in a vehicle if they are unloaded.

It is not permitted to carry a concealed weapon in the following locations:

  • K-12 schools
  • Courthouses
  • Casinos

However, concealed carry is allowed in Pennsylvania in state parks, national forests, WMA’s, and roadside rest areas.

Pennsylvania is a Castle Doctrine state with a stand-your-ground law. Any individuals 18 years of age or older who are not prohibited by law from possessing firearms can open carry a handgun with no license necessary, except in vehicles, cities of the first class (i.e. Philadelphia), and anywhere prohibited by law.

 

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