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    I just got my new hunting license yesterday, and I was reading the book that they give you, and on page 20 there is a section on handguns.

    Now I never paid much attention to this clause in the past, because I have a LTCF, but if I read this correctly, it seems that open carry without a LTCF or a "Sportsman's Firearms Permit" would be illegal.

    Without copying the whole reg., it says something like . . .

    A Sportsman's Firearms Permit or a LTCF is REQUIRED to carry a handgun.

    What do you folks think about this?

    Thanks, Troy

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    You can open carry anywhere outside of Philadelphia in PA without any sort of permit.

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    You need an LTCF or Sportsmans' Permit for Open CarryWhile Hunting !!!

    Title 34, Game and Wildlife Code:

    Sec. 2525. Possession of firearm for protection of self or others.
    (a) General rule.- It is lawful for a law enforcement officer or any person who possesses a valid license to carry a firearm issued under 18 Pa C.S. Section 6109 (relating to licenses) to be in possession of a loaded or unloaded firearm while engaged in any activity regulated by this title.
    (b) Construction.
    • (1) This section shall supersede any prohibition on the possession of firearms or ammunition contained in any other provision of this title.
      (2) This subsection shall not be construed to permit the hunting or harvesting of any wildlife with a firearm or ammunition not otherwise permitted by this title.

    (c) Definitions. - As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
    • "Firearm." As defined in 18 Pa C.S. §6102 (relating to definitions).
      "Law enforcement officer." As defined in 18 Pa C.S. §6102 (relating to definitions).

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    You only need a LTCF to OC while hunting IF the OC'd gun is not legal to hunt with during your hunting/season.

    Examples:

    1) You go deer hunting, during regular firearms season, while OC'in a 44magnum revolver:
    No LTCF needed.

    2) Yu go deer hunting, during regular firerms season while OC (or CC) a semi-auto pistol
    LTCF NEEDED

    3) You go bow hunting (deer) during archery season
    LTCF NEEDED


    4) You go small game hunting with a revolver (any cal)
    No LTCF/SPneeded

    5) You go small game hunting while OC (or cc) a semi-auto handgun
    LTCF needed.



    You need a LTCF/SP to carry the firearm to/from hunting in a vehicle. Otherwise unloaded seperate container while transporting.

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    So, then since it's a hunting regulation, isn't the penalty limited to a ticket?

    In other words... OCing while hunting won't land you a misdemeanor or felony, right? Though IANAL.

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    PA Patriot is correct, no LTC or SP is needed to OC when hunting.

    Decide to conceal and you will need the LTC or SP.

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    It would make life easier if everyone got there LTCF then your covered no matter what you do! No second guessing anymore.

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    recon wrote:
    It would make life easier if everyone got there LTCF then your covered no matter what you do! No second guessing anymore.
    Good point, but that's not an option for everyone.

    *Cough* ages 18-20 *cough* :X

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    I know. That sucks!

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