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Carrying Firearms in Pennsylvania



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Who can apply for a Pennsylvania License to Carry?

A person who is 21 years of age or older may apply for a license to carry. Submit a completed application for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms to the sheriff of the county you live in. If you live in a city of the first class (Philadelphia), submit the application to the chief of police of that city. Remember the required fee.

​Are there exceptions to carrying a firearm without a Pennsylvania License to Carry?

A License to Carry Firearms is issued to carry a firearm concealed on one's person or in a vehicle within this Commonwealth. Any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person except in his place of abode or fixed place of business without a valid and lawfully issued license commits a felony of the third degree.

Who can apply for a Sportsman's Firearm Permit?

A person who is 18 years of age or older and is licensed to hunt, trap or fish, or who has been issued a permit relating to hunting dogs, may apply for a Sportsman's Firearm Permit by submitting a completed application along with the required fee to the county treasurer's office.

​How can I find the most recent information regarding Firearm Reciprocity Agreements?

In 1995, the Pennsylvania General Assembly gave the Attorney General the authority to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states providing for the mutual recognition of each state's license to carry a firearm.