Gun Laws in PA

17Jan11

In light of the recent shootings in Tuscon, gun rights and the second amendment are once again at the forefront of political discussion.  The question on everyone’s mind is how was this crazy person allowed to just waltz into Walmart, buy his ammo and take out 6 innocent victims. 

With second amendment rights, supportive and opposing views are some of the loudest and most divisive in this country.  It’s a go-to topic for Republicans trying to ignite their party and it remains a traditionally conservative rallying point. 

We all know that in the US, citizens have the right to bear arms but what are the restrictions imposed on that right by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

In PA, you are free to own a gun and keep it in your home with basically little or no regulation by the state.  You do not need a license to keep a gun in your home.  Of course, these rules change a bit if you happen to be a convicted felon. 

If you want to carry a concealed weapon, either on your person or in your vehicle, then of course you must apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon in your county of residence.  In order to be eligible for a permit, you must not have committed a various list of crimes (mostly violent in nature), you must not have been involuntarily committed, you must be a US citizen, you must be 21 years of age are among the requirements. 

If you are caught carrying a concealed weapon and you do not have a permit, you could be facing felony charges with very severe penalties.  If you are a convicted felon who is caught with a weapon, you will be looking at…well you know the drill.  You are a convicted felon after all.



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