It is often asked where is it legal or illegal to carry in PA. Below is a guide to where and how you can lawfully carry.
The purpose of a PA LTCF issued under 6109 is to provide an exemption to the prohibition of carrying concealed on or about one's person, or in a vehicle, under 6106. It also allows you to carry any type of firearm(long guns and handguns) during a state of emergency. The license also provides for the privilege of carrying openly or concealed on the streets in a City of the First Class(Philly).
in PA and what makes them off-limits:
1. Court Facilities
- PA Title 18, Chapter 9, Subsection 913
2a.*Grounds and buildings of Elementary and Secondary schools(K-12 grades)
, whether the school is private or public. There is an affirmative defense for "other lawful purposes" however there is no case law determining on what that includes. To be safe, its wiser to assume it does not include our carrying "rights". - PA Title 18, Chapter 9, Subsection 912
2b. Within 1000ft of a school
unless you have a license/permit issued by the state in which the school is located - US Title 18, Part I, Chapter 44, Subsection 922(q)
- by regulation Title 58, Part VII, Chapter 465, Subsection 465a.13
4. Certain Department of State buildings
- by regulation
5. ****Places off-limits by Federal Law or regulation
, IE: military installations(exceptions for hunting at some bases), Federal Government buildings, after the security check point in airports,etc.
6. Any private property
where a landowner, tenant or person so authorized to maintain property has asked you to leave because you are carrying, or where the property owner or tenant has placed signs or placards denoting that guns are forbidden
- Title 18, Chapter 35, Subsection 3503
7. Detention facilities, correctional institutes, or mental hospitals
- Title 18, Chapter 51, Subsection 5122
If you do not see the place in question in the list above - then its NOT off-limits in Pennsylvania. Yes, you may legally carry in a bar, tavern, club, or church in PA.
Off-limits places apply just the same for open as they do concealed.
*Colleges are not prohibited by law, however the college could levy their own infractions like expelling the person or other civil punishments.
****The Federal Parks and Reserves are legal again. New law went into effect 02/22/10. Federal buildings in Fed. Parks and Reserves are still off-limits. While in a Federal Park, you follow the laws of the state in which it is located.