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The state of Pennsylvania supports the country’s Second Amendment right in allowing people to bear arms. While this is true, there are certain restrictions placed upon obtaining a firearm and how they may be used in the state. In the event that someone violates these laws, they can be charged with a gun crime. This can result in criminal charges, which is why it is crucial to retain an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney to protect your future. 

Firearms Laws in Pennsylvania

In the state of Pennsylvania, residents are allowed to own firearms with very minimal restrictions when it comes to obtaining them. There is currently no law in place requiring the need for a permit purchase, firearm registration, or a firearms license. However, while the state does not require a carry permit for rifles and shotguns, it does require a carry permit for handguns.

Restrictions on Gun Ownership

While the right to bear arms is a law made on a federal level, the state of Pennsylvania has its own limitations on who is allowed to own a firearm. Restrictions are placed on who can own a gun within the state. This is based on those who are believed to be a hazard to themselves as well as others. The individuals who are not permitted to own a firearm include:

  • 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

It is important to know that restrictions are also placed on the types of firearms that can be owned in the state. The firearms that are prohibited in 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

Anyone who is found to be in possession of a firearm on or near school grounds can face a misdemeanor charge. These restrictions are made in order to protect the residents of Pennsylvania. 

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