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While the country’s second amendment allows people to own firearms, states can make their own restrictions on ownership. The state of Pennsylvania holds certain rules regarding who can own a firearm and how they can be used within the state. If these laws are violated, the individual can be charged with a gun crime, resulting in a criminal record. It is because of this that those facing these situations should retain the services of an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney for assistance.

Pennsylvania Firearm Laws

The state of Pennsylvania allows residents to own firearms with minimal restrictions. Currently, there is no law in place that requires residents to have a permit for purchase, firearm registration, or a firearms license. This allows the individual to have rifles and shotguns without a permit. However, while this is true, it is important to know that the law does require residents to have a carry permit for handguns. 

Are There Restrictions on Ownership?

There are restrictions placed on residents of Pennsylvania regarding who is legally allowed to own a firearm. For example, those who are believed to be a hazard to themselves or others are not permitted to own a firearm. This can include the following people:

  • Anyone who has been convicted of a felony
  • Anyone who has been convicted of a violent crime
  • Anyone who is a drug addict or habitual drunkard
  • Anyone who is found to be of unsound mind or incompetent
  • Anyone who is unlawfully in the United States
  • Anyone who has been convicted of a DUI on three separate occasions within a period of 5 years
  • Anyone who is the subject of an active protection from abuse order

In addition to this, there are also restrictions placed on the types of firearms that a person can own in the state. Firearms that are prohibited in the state of Pennsylvania include the following:

  • Machine guns
  • Sawed-off shotguns
  • A firearm that was specially made for concealment
  • Firearms that are made for silent discharge
  • Firearms that have an altered manufacturer’s number

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