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Pennsylvania Gun Control Laws

Pennsylvania has somewhat tougher gun laws in relation to the rest of the country, ranked by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence as the 10th strictest in the country.

Under Pennsylvania gun control laws, a person can "open carry" a gun, such as wearing it in a holster, without a license except in Philadelphia. You cannot purchase a gun if you have been convicted of a felony, are an undocumented immigrant, or delcared mentally ill by courts, among other restrictions.

The main provisions of Pennsylvania gun control laws are listed in the table below. See Gun Laws for a general overview on the topic.

Code Section Tit. 18 §§908, 6105, 6110, 6111
Illegal Arms Machine gun; sawed-off shotgun; firearm specially made or adopted for concealment or silent discharge; altered manufacturer's number
Waiting Period 48 hrs.
Who May Not Own 1. Convicted of felony, crime of violence; 2. No delivery to persons under 18 yrs.; 3. If you have reason to believe convicted of crime of violence; drug addict; habitual drunkard; unsound mind 4. Fugitive from justice 5. Incompetent 6. Illegal Alien; 7. Convicted of DUI on 3 separate occasions within a 5-year period; 8. Subject of an active protection from abuse order.
Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds Misdemeanor. 912

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Pennsylvania attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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