PA doesn't issue permits, they're licenses. LTCFs. andm why would you display them? that's like carrying one of those ********* concealed carry badges. no one needs to see your 'permit' to carry except in Philly, and the Philly PD isn't going to care, either way.
Great question. I mean I felt I already answered it but I will try this again.
Do I need to wear my permit? No
Do I need to ever display my permit? No
Now, if you are a cop or a security guard and wear your gun, usually there is a badge somewhere near it or maybe they are just in uniform.
Now if I am wearing a gun openly in PA and wearing jeans and a polo but nothing else, it raises questions. "Is he a cop?" "Maybe he is a guy who felt like wearing a gun but is unaware of the laws".
Listen you do what you want, I will do what I want. The permit makes me very easily identifiable that I am legally carrying. Plain and simple. Its not complicated.
Maybe you have this thing about gun rights and know its legal to open carry without a permit so you just do it and not care about a stop and chat. Me? I do not like stop and chats. Again, if I leave the house, I am not at home. If I am not home, I must be doing something, going somewhere, whatever. Anyone interrupting the flow of my day bothers me. Now, add a firearm into the mix and usually the police are called and you are questioned then you have to identify yourself and well an hour later they know who you are, they know you are legal, you can go on your way, and now you just wasted an hour of my time.
Simple fix. I wear the permit. Problem solved. Now, do I recommend anyone wear their permits? No. I recommend to take my advice if you don't like to be bothered. Its not about wearing the permits, its about being stopped when I have places to go.
So I hope I finally cleared that up. I have not once been stopped in two years after wearing my permit when open carrying. This is my experience. Everyone's elses experiences can vary and my experiences can change at any time.
If I carry concealed, obviously I don't wear the permit.