We chatted aboutthe PA and Phila laws and where OC is legal and how to get a PA CCW.
I don't mean to be overly critical but PA issues"License to Carry Firearms." This LTCF is sometimes needed to open carry in PA (vehicles, Philedelphia, during emergencies, and maybe at K-12 schools, if that question ever gets sorted out).
I never understood the term CCW anyway...but my point is that gun rights experts should use precise terminology at all times - PA does not issue a concealed weapons permit - it issues a "License to Carry Firearms."
VA issues a "Concealed Handgun Permit."
Since we're talking about the complete lack of consistancy in wording.
A LTCF is really just a concealed carry permit :what:Thats what the law states.
While it says licence to carry firearms, the statue specifically states that it is only for concealed carry. This is a basis for questioning open carry legality within philadelphia since you must have a licence to carry, however the Philadelphia law doesn't say you have to conceal only that you must have a licence, however it might be argued that its then implied that you must, however the letter of the law doesn't specify. Its a helluva twist.
§ 6109. Licenses.
(a) Purpose of license.--A license to carry a firearm shall be for the purpose of carrying a firearm concealed
on or about one's person or in a vehicle throughout this Commonwealth.
The real misconceptions come from the stupid title of this code
§ 6106. Firearms not to be carried without a license.
The title basically says you can't carry without a license and since a license is only for concealed carry you start to worry about open carry legality. However to confuse the issue
--(a) Offense defined.--Any person who carries a firearm in any vehicle or any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person, except in his place of abode or fixed place of business, without a valid and lawfully issued license under this chapter commits a felony of the third degree.
So not surprisingly it screws with your mind.
Because really the title should read
Firearms not to be carried concealed without a license.
And these people are supposed to be lawyers? Clueless morons.