Pennsylvania Gun Laws

If you’re looking to obtain a legal firearm in Pennsylvania, here are some facts about Pennsylvania gun laws.


Pennsylvania is a shall-issue state with concealed carry permits or License to Carry Firearms (LCF) issued at the county level by the local sheriff’s office or chief of police in large cities. Anyone resident of Pennsylvania at least 21 years old can apply for a concealed carry license in Pennsylvania.

Is There a Waiting Period to Buy a Gun in Pennsylvania?

No, there is no waiting period to buy a gun in Pennsylvania.

Is A Permit Required To Purchase A Handgun In Pennsylvania?

No permit is required to purchased a firearm in Pennsylvania.

Do You Need To Register Handguns in Pennsylvania?

No. Handguns, rifles and shotguns do not have to be registered in Pennsylvania.

Who Is Eligible To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Pennsylvania?

Any Pennsylvania state resident who is at least 21 years of age can apply for a Concealed Carry Permit or License to Carry Firearms (LCF).

Is Firearms Training A Requirement in Pennsylvania For a Concealed Carry Permit?

No, there is no firearm training requirement in Pennsylvania to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit or License to Carry Firearms (LCF).

What Are The Requirements To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Pennsylvania?

Guidelines to obtain a Pennsylvania Concealed Carry Permit or License to Carry Firearms (LCF):

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a legal resident of Pennsylvania
  • Must meet federal law requirements

What Are The Steps To Obtain A Concealed Carry Permit in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania you can get an application at your local county sheriff’s office or download an application for a Concealed Handgun Permit or License to Carry Firearms (LCF). You will be photographed . If your background check clears quickly you may be able to leave with your license. If your background check takes longer, you will be notified by mail within 45 days if your application has been approved.

Step 1: Download or get an application at your local county sheriff’s office

Step 2: Take the completed the application to your local sheriff’s office or the chief of police with a state approved ID, two references that are not family members, and the fee.

How Much Does A Pennsylvania Concealed Carry Permit Cost?

The fee for a Pennsylvania Concealed Carry Permit is $20 payable by cash only.

Does Pennsylvania Recognize Concealed Carry Pistol Permits From Other States?

Yes, Pennsylvania only honors resident Concealed Carry Weapon licenses from states with which Pennsylvania has a reciprocity agreement.

Is Pennsylvania a Constitutional Carry State?

No, Pennsylvania is not a constitutional carry state.

Is Pennsylvania an Open Carry State?

Yes, open carry is legal in Pennsylvania for any person 18 years old or older who is legally allowed to possess a firearm.

Is Pennsylvania a Stand Your Ground State?

Yes, Pennsylvania is a Castle Doctrine state or a Stand Your Ground state. There is no duty to retreat before defending yourself.

Are AR-Style and Other Semi-Auto Rifles Legal in Pennsylvania?

Yes, magazine-fed semi-auto rifles are legal to buy and possess in Pennsylvania.

Are Standard-Capacity Magazines Allowed in Pennsylvania?

Yes, in Pennsylvania, higher-capacity magazines are legal.

Does Pennsylvania Have Gun Storage Laws?

No, Pennsylvania does not have a gun storage law.

Is Pennsylvania a Red Flag State?

No, Pennsylvania does not have a Red Flag law.

DISCLAIMER: provides this information to subscribers and readers, and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of gun laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information disclosed. Gun laws are constantly changing, for legal advice, consult a lawyer in your state.

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Having been trained by many top-shelf handgun, shotgun, AR carbine, and long-range shooting instructors, Robert Sadowski brings a user's perspective to Gun Tests. He has authored and edited 15 books on firearm values, firearm disassembly and assembly, and gun guides. His Book Of Glock (Skyhorse Publishing) debuted as an Amazon #1 New Release and is a must-read for the Glock enthusiast. His latest book, 9MM - Guide to America's Most Popular Caliber (Gun Digest Books), is an indispensable resource on the 9mm and understanding the cartridge's performance for concealed carry, home defense, or competition. Over the past two decades, Sadowski has written for many magazines and websites, including,,, and more. His print work has appeared in Combat Handguns, Ballistic, Real World Survivor, Guns Digest, Guns of the Old West, SHOT Business, and more. He is currently the Treasurer/Secretary of the Glock Collectors Association. After receiving an MA from New York University, he worked for a number of magazine publishers and advertising agencies. Sadowski is a lifelong hunter, competitive shooter, and native of Connecticut. He now lives in North Carolina to take full advantage of our 2nd Amendment privilege.


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