Pennsylvania Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for Pennsylvania Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact Pennsylvania gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to Pennsylvania can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

Pennsylvania State Constitution

The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness. For the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think proper.

The citizens have a right in a peaceable manner to assemble together for their common good, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances or other proper purposes by petition, address or remonstrance.

Pennsylvania Gun Laws

Pennsylvania Hunting Rules & Regulations

Pennsylvania Shooting Ranges

Pennsylvania Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

Pennsylvania NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Pennsylvania Gun Shows and FFLs

Pennsylvania's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

Pennsylvania Elected Public Officials

Pennsylvania Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Pennsylvania State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Firearm Background Check Data

Background check types

The transaction types Permit, Permit Recheck, Handgun, Long Gun, Other, Multiple and Admin on the chart are for background checks initiated by an officially-licensed Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) or criminal justice/law enforcement agency prior to the issuance of a firearm-related permit or transfer.

Multiple indicates a background check where more than one type of firearm is associated to a single background check.

Admin indicates the administrative checks that are for other authorized uses of the NICS.

Pre-Pawn background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees seeking to pledge or pawn a firearm.

Redemption background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to regain possession of a firearm after pledging or pawning a firearm as security at a pawn shop.

Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Return to Seller-Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Best Gun-Friendly States Ranking

Overall Freedom Ranking

Business Tax Climate Rankings