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Lethal Weapons Training Program


Effective March 31, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf granted a six-month extension to the certifications held by individuals certified as Privately Employed Agents pursuant to the Lethal Weapons Training Act, 22 P.S. § 41 et seq., commonly referred to as Act 235.  The Governor's action allows a six-month extension of the Act 235 certification for any agents whose five-year certifications expire from March 6, 2020, until September 7, 2020. A Privately Employed Agent subject to this certification extension must renew his or her Act 235 Certification no later than six (6) months after the expiration date of their current Act 235 Certification.  No further certification extensions are authorized or will be granted. 


Approval letters to attend training are typically valid for six (6) months, however, to alleviate complications for individuals who struggle to schedule training, approval letters for new certification training and renewal training that expired after September 8, 2020 will be extended until March 31, 2021.  All training must be completed before the expiration date on the training approval letter.  No further extensions to training letters are authorized or will be granted.

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.