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NFA in PA?

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Prophet, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Prophet

    Prophet Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know of material I could read to learn about NFA law and procedure in PA? I'd heard something about it being illegal to have a loaded shotgun or rifle in a vehicle in PA unless it was a short-barreled gun having a $200 tax stamp... I am unaware of whether having a LTCF changes this or not.

  2. Riss

    Riss Well-Known Member

    A CC permit will allow anything to be carried loaded in the vehicle. Only prohibitions would be during hunting season when I would not even carry a long gun in the car lest an over zealous Game Warden would get the wrong idea. Without a CC permit you are not allowed to have any loaded firearms in the vehicle. Gun and ammo must be kept separate. And the ammo if anything, and not the gun should be accessible to the occupants of the vehicle. Guns laws are listed on many websites including the NRA or ILA website. The BATFE also has a book which lists all state and local ordinances and if I recall you can download the book off of their site as they no longer make the book out of paper.
  3. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member


    Parts of Pennsylvania's Uniform Firearms Act (UFA) have very peculiar definitions of "firearm." This is why (with a LTCF) you can carry a loaded SBR or SBS in your car, but you can't keep a loaded title 1 long gun in your car at all, LTCF or not.

    from the UFA:

    You can keep a title 1 long gun in your vehicle as long as it is unloaded with ammunition in a separate container. Loaded detachable magazines are fine as long as they are in said separate container.

    edit; it should be mentioned that nothing in the UFA proper, prohibits the carry of loaded long guns in a vehicle. That prohibition is contained in the game laws of the state.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010
  4. Prophet

    Prophet Well-Known Member

    Understood. So a separate container would be like a duffel bag, glove compartment, coffee can, etc (say I wanted to keep something that was quick to load with loose ammo like a break-action shotgun in the back seat of the truck). And this could be done without a permit. Is this your understanding of the laws?
  5. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    So, in PA, I'm illegal if I put a loaded mag in my pistol, in a pouch, in the range bag, in my back seat, going to and from the range?
  6. unloved

    unloved Well-Known Member

    If you don't have a LTCF, yes.

    Unless you meet the requirements of one of the above exceptions (such as going to and coming from the range) it's illegal to have an unloaded handgun in a vehicle as well.
  7. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    OK, I have the license, so I'm kosher.

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