A point of order - it's a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms, not a Pennsylvania CCW.
CCW means the Carrying of Concealed Weapons; the Pa. LTCF only
addresses the carrying of a "firearm" (which is either a handgun, a short-barreled rifle, or a short-barreled shotgun (the last two of which also require an ATF tax stamp), but that's a separate issue). Other "weapons" such as knives, swords, etc. are not addressed by a Pa. LTCF.
A Pa. LTCF permits one to do several things, only one of which is carrying a firearm concealed:
- It permits you to carry concealed statewide.
- It permits you to open carry in Philadelphia (in the rest of the Commonwealth no LTCF is needed to open carry).
- It permits you to borrow someone else's handgun.
- It permits you to carry during a declared state of emergency.
- It permits you to carry in a vehicle (bus, train, car, whatever).
"Carry" means loaded.
Thank you very much for those clarifications. however its somewhat confusing in the first statement. Please clarify for those of us who are not as well versed.
Are you stating the LTCF does NOT alllow me to conceal carry in pa or are you saying this allows me to conceal carry in pa inaddition to the other privaliges you mentioned. thanks