So, Tell me about the Gun laws in PA


February 24, 2009, 11:19 PM
Hi all-

I apologize in advance if this is in the wrong area. My brother may be taking a job in Philadelphia and if he does, I might move in with him. It would turn my 10 min commute to school to a 35 min commute, but if the gun laws are much better I could be persuaded to leave the peoples republik of NJ for a more free land. $60 (or so) in gas would be worth it for me.

So, please tell me about PA's gun laws. What do I need to do to buy rifles? Handguns? What are the laws regarding private person to person transactions? Any limit on magazines? Any banned firearms?

Thanks in advance-


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February 24, 2009, 11:32 PM
Go to the NRA site, they have summaries for all the states.

February 24, 2009, 11:36 PM

PA's laws are MUCH BETTER than NJ's laws.

February 25, 2009, 12:19 AM
PA has very favorable gun laws overall. For hunting, they don't allow semi-auto rifles or handguns. Transfers of all handguns must go through a FFL dealer unless it is between close family. It is easy to get a carry permit in general in PA if that is of interest to you.

February 25, 2009, 12:56 AM
PA laws are great.

No restrictions on rifles, handguns, or magazine limitations. NFA weapons allowed as well with necessary paperwork and tax stamp.

It is shall issue for a permit so if you can pass the NICS check for a firearm you can get a permit to CCW. Open carry is also legal with no need for a permit, except Philly where you need to have a CCW permit in order to open carry. Your carry restrictions are very limited. You would have to check for exact lists but I know you can carry in state parks (recently changed), church, bars and many other establishments that are apparently restricted in other states.

I am not sure of the Philly area but I know that the state runs self supervised ranges free to the public. It has restrictions on the number of rounds in your magazine but when I shoot their in the morning on weekdays it's empty and I have the run of it.

February 25, 2009, 12:57 AM
shall issue ccw, buy whatever you want with proper tax forms and back ground check. FTF rifle transfers, FFL pistol transfers. Lots of ranges. If in Philly go check out SPAG. I love that range. Also stop by and read up or say hi. Really decent group of people on there that are fun to shoot with and also good for quick PA specific advice. You get some good deals on the local for sale section at pafoa pretty often which is where I have bought all my pistols from.

You don't have to live in Philadelphia, there are plenty of suburbs/congested suburbs outside the city that people live in if they want a bit more space but are a quick train ride away also.

If you stop by SPAG there is a mexican place next to it that has dollar tacos on tue nights.

February 25, 2009, 06:00 AM
Pretty much what everyone else says here.

No waiting periods on purchases, either.

The tax system here is a bit archaic. And its not a very business friendly state. But the gun laws are some of the least restrictive you'll find along the mid-atlantic east coast. Its sure as hell a lot better than Jersey.

Come on over. We'll help you scale the fence.

February 25, 2009, 06:09 AM
Compared to Nj, Pa is eden. but philly has it's own laws. now don't get me wrong you can still live outside city limits, and be free. To give you an analogy ; imagine moving from east germany to east berlin. Move but don't live in philly.

February 25, 2009, 06:37 AM
but philly has it's own laws

Care to be more specific about that statement, especially considering PA has a state pre-emption law?

February 25, 2009, 07:06 AM
MOVE. NOW. You won't believe the difference!

For a "gun guy" there is very little here not to like. As Ken said, "We'll help you scale the fence!" :-)

And I'd even say, if your choice is NJ or Philly, still no contest! Just to put a fine point on it: If you hold a LCTF (what we call a carry permit) you can OPEN CARRY in Philly! Probably not a stress-free option and it would raise some eyebrows, but you would be legal! I'd stay out of Philly for plenty of reasons, but if that's where it has to be, the difference is still night & day.


February 25, 2009, 08:11 AM
I love to visit PA, and have an easily obtainable non-resident carry license as well. Breath of fresh air compared to NY/NJ. My son goes to UPENN but lives in Ardmore. Phili has it's good and bad parts like anywhere else, but the suburbs are very beautiful. Love the state, wish I could move there.

February 25, 2009, 09:47 AM
Let us know when your comin' and we'll distract the NJ Border Guards with a cardboard cut out of Hillary Clinton in a bikini and when they look away in horror we can cut the bob-wire and you can jump onto my tractor and make your get-a-way to freedom! Yeah Move, do it Now!:)

February 25, 2009, 10:21 AM
we'll distract the NJ Border Guards with a cardboard cut out of Hillary Clinton in a bikini

You sir, owe me a keyboard, as mine is now covered in coffee. I was laughing and horrified at the same time. I don't know what is worse, the thought of Billiary in a bikini or the thought of actual human beings finding it attractive. Probably the later. But funny none the less.

Average Joe
February 25, 2009, 05:49 PM
We're free ! come on over and join the real America !

February 25, 2009, 09:01 PM
Join us.

There's been a steady line of people bailing the dark & fascist state of NJ, of which I was proudly one.

Brian Williams
February 25, 2009, 09:48 PM
Great place, just don't complain about the cow shirt smell.

February 25, 2009, 10:24 PM
PA is very gun-friendly. ESPECIALLY compared to NJ.

February 25, 2009, 11:05 PM

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