Owning a Firearm
How Old Must I be to Own a Firearm in Pennsylvania?
-The minimum age to possess a firearm is 18 with two exceptions.
- The minor is under the supervision of a parent, grandparent, legal guardian, or an adult acting with the expressed consent of the minors’ parent or legal guardian and involved in lawful activity.
- The minor is lawfully involved in hunting or trapping activities.
Do I have to Register my Firearms in Pennsylvania?
- No, In Pennsylvania it is actually illegal for any government or police agency to keep a registry of firearms. If you legally possess, bring your firearms into the state of Pennsylvania, or come into possession of the firearms legally, no further action is required.
Carrying A Firearm
Do I Need a License to Carry Firearms, to Carry a Concealed Firearm in Pennsylvania?
- In Pennsylvania, a License to Carry Firearms is required to conceal a firearm, or to carry a firearm in a motor vehicle.
Is My License to Carry Firearms Valid in Philadelphia?
- A Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms issued anywhere in the state is good anywhere in the state. Pennsylvania's Uniform Firearms Act provides a pre-emption statute which prevents anyone other than the state legislature from regulating the carrying of firearms among other things.
Do I Need a License to Carry Firearms to Openly Carry a Firearm in Pennsylvania?
- In Pennsylvania a License to Carry Firearms is only required to conceal a firearm, or to carry a firearm in a motor vehicle. It must be noted however that a License to Carry Firearms is required to carry a firearm in any manner on the streets or public property of a "City of the first class" such as Philadelphia.