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PENNSYLVANIA CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE

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How long is the license valid?
How do I renew my license to carry firearms?
How do I change my address on my license to carry firearms?
Is there fee for changing my address on my license to carry firearms?
What should I do if I lose my license to carry firearms?
Are there any other states that will honor the Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms?
Is my Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms valid in Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties?
What should I do if I am stopped by a law enforcement officer while carrying a firearm with my Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms?
If I’m spotlighting does my firearms license permit me to carry my firearm?
If I posses a valid License to Carry a Firearm, am I required to undergo a Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) background check to purchase a firearm?
What if I own a firearm and I am convicted of a crime that prohibits me from possessing firearms?
Do I need a License to possess a firearm?
I have a license to carry a firearm. Are there places I cannot carry one even though I have the license?
What do I need to do if I want to sell or transfer a firearm to a friend?
If I have a criminal record from many years ago and I have not committed a prohibited offense since then, is it possible that I may be able to purchase a firearm?
Can I allow persons under the age of 18 to use a handgun?

 


How long is the license valid?

Your license to carry firearms is valid for 5 years.

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How do I renew my license to carry firearms?

Within 30-60 days of the expiration of your license to carry firearms, a Renewal Package will be mailed to your home address. Enclosed in this package will be all the information needed to renew your license to carry firearms. It is imperative that you keep your address current so that you may receive the renewal package.

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How do I change my address on my license to carry firearms?

You must contact the Elk County Sheriff's Office with a valid Pennsylvania Driver's License or Pennsylvania Identification Card with your correct address. We will then change the address on your license to carry firearms and will report said change to the Pennsylvania State Police.

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Is there fee for changing my address on my license to carry firearms?

There is a $5.00 fee if you would like to receive a duplicate permit with the corrected address. However, you are not required to get a new card.  You can simply notify our office of your new address and carry as long as your driver's license is correct you are legal.

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What should I do if I lose my license to carry firearms?

You must personally appear at the Sheriff’s Office with proof of identity and we will issue you a duplicate permit at a fee of $5.00.

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Are there any other states that will honor the Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms?

For an up-to-date list of states which will honor your PA permit refer to the following link.

Map of Reciprocity States

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Is my Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms valid in Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties?

Yes, your license is valid for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania including Allegheny but NOT Philadelphia County.

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What should I do if I am stopped by a law enforcement officer while carrying a firearm with my Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms?

Immediately tell the officer that you are carrying a firearm and that you are licensed to do so while your hands are visible to the officer. Follow the officer's instructions completely. For safety reasons, the officer may secure your weapon while they verify your license to carry firearms.

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If I’m spotlighting does my firearms license permit me to carry my firearm?
Yes, if you have the LTC permit.

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If I posses a valid License to Carry a Firearm, am I required to undergo a Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) background check to purchase a firearm?

Yes, Section 6111 of the Uniform Firearms Act requires that a dealer complete a PICS Check before delivering a firearm to a buyer. This replaced the 5-day waiting period.

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What if I own a firearm and I am convicted of a crime that prohibits me from possessing firearms?

You have 60 days from the date of conviction to sell or transfer any firearms you own to a person who is not a member of your household.

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Do I need a License to possess a firearm?

No license is required to possess rifles, shotguns, or handguns in one’s home or place of business. No license is required when engaged in target shooting or while going to or from shooters’ place of assembly or target practice, provided the firearm is unloaded and the ammunition is carried in a separate container. No license is required to carry an unloaded and securely wrapped firearm from the place of purchase to one’s home or place of business, to or from a place of repair, or in moving from one place of abode or business to another, or from one’s home to a vacation or recreational home or dwelling or back. to recover stolen property,

or to a location to which the person has been directed to surrender firearms or back upon return of the surrendered firearm.

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I have a license to carry a firearm. Are there places I cannot carry one even though I have the license?

Yes, it is unlawful to possess any firearm in any court facility, or within the building containing a court facility, federal office buildings, post offices, schools and school property.  Keep in mind, if any private property is posted, you may not carry at these locations.

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What do I need to do if I want to sell or transfer a firearm to a friend?

You must have a licensed firearm dealer process the transaction. There will be a Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) background check done on the intended recipient of the firearm. There will be a fee assessed for this.

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If I have a criminal record from many years ago and I have not committed a prohibited offense since then, is it possible that I may be able to purchase a firearm?

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The current Uniform Firearms Act does not exempt criminal records from a specific time period in order to acquire a firearm. Also, criminal records are not automatically expunged (deleted) after a period of time. In Pennsylvania a court order is required to expunge non-conviction information. Conviction information may not be expunged. It is possible to obtain court ordered relief from a firearm disability, which may grant eligibility to acquire a firearm.

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Can I allow persons under the age of 18 to use a handgun?

Persons under the age of 18 (minors) may only possess or transport a handgun under the following circumstances:

1.     They are under the supervision of a parent, grandparent, legal guardian, or an adult acting with the expressed consent of the minor’s custodial parent or legal guardian, and the minor is engaged in lawful activity including safety training, lawful target shooting, engaging in an organized competition involving the use of a firearm, or the firearm is unloaded and the minor is transporting it for a lawful purpose.

2.     They are lawfully hunting or trapping in accordance with the game laws.

 

   
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