LETHAL WEAPONS TRAINING PROGRAM
The Lethal Weapons Training Act 235 provides certification to privately employed agents to carry a lethal weapon. A lethal weapon is any firearm, device, instrument, material, or any other substance that is capable of bringing about great bodily harm or death. The Lethal Weapons Training Act incorporates education and training as part of being a certified agent.
All Act 235 certification actions are available on the Applications Page.
Please note that in August 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior
Court issued an opinion in Commonwealth v. Anderson, ___ A.3d ___ (Aug. 23,
2017), and ruled that an Act 235 certification is not a substitute for a
license to carry. Agents are reminded of
the Regulations governing Act 235, at Section 21.26(d), which state "The
issuance of a certification card to a privately employed agent does not grant
the agent the right or privilege to carry, possess, own, or have under his
control a firearm contrary to 18 Pa.C.S. § §
6101—6120 (relating to Uniform Firearms Act)." In light of this ruling, it may be prudent
for agents to obtain a license to carry their firearms while in an off-duty
status, including traveling to and from places of employment, or in instances
where agents are required to conceal a firearm on duty, including loaded carry
inside of a vehicle. Agents should
direct questions regarding this to their employers.
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