For millions of people being able to protect yourself anywhere, at any time is part of being an American. The often cited Second Constitutional Amendment guarantees the right of U.S. Citizens to keep and bear arms. While the right to keep and bear arms is mandated at the federal level, each state is allowed to enact their own, specific gun laws.
Pennsylvania Firearm Laws
In Pennsylvania, we have strict state laws that mandate not only the type of firearms one may own but exactly who is allowed to possess them and where one may keep, carry and engage in the use of guns. Any violation of Pennsylvania guns laws can carry serious consequences, including lengthy prison sentences. When gun charges are added to violent crime charges, this can often result in the potential for increased jail time and penalties. In general, weapons charges in Pennsylvania are aggressively prosecuted.
Some of the actions prohibited by Pennsylvania law include:
- Possession of a weapon while on parole or probation, or as a convicted felon
- Illegal possession or sale of a firearm
- Carrying a gun without proper permits
- Possession of a concealed weapon without proper permit or license
- Theft of a firearm
- Possession of illegal firearms
- Possessing a firearm with a altered serial number
Open Carry Vs Concealed Permit
Many Pennsylvanians are unaware that if you are 21 and over and legally own a gun, you can wear it openly on your person. Due to the state law that permits the practice known as open carry; this is perfectly legal.
For a registered gun owner to legally carry a firearm in a purse, bag or somewhere concealed on their person they must obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon in order to be in compliance with the law.
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All of the criminal defense attorneys at DRK Lawyers are former assistant district attorneys. We understand criminal cases and defense from both sides of the courtroom. We use our trial experience and knowledge of the government’s tactics to help defend our clients every day in the state of Pennsylvania. If you are facing criminal charges, please contact our team today. There is no charge for your initial consultation.