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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 38.0%1
2002: 36.5%2
2001: 34.7%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Pennsylvania, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 37.90%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 51.8%5 6
1991/2000: 55.9%
1981/1990: 53.0%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 1,390 7
2013: 1,451
2012: 1,453
2011: 1,438
2010: 1,307
2009: 1,349
2008: 1,345
2007: 1,269
2006: 1,371
2005: 1,352
2004: 1,270
2003: 1,230
2002: 1,220
2001: 1,172
2000: 1,256
1999: 1,190

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 10.877
2013: 11.35
2012: 11.38
2011: 11.28
2010: 10.29
2009: 10.65
2008: 10.66
2007: 10.55
2006: 10.96
2005: 10.86
2004: 10.23
2003: 9.94
2002: 9.89
2001: 9.53
2000: 10.23
1999: 9.70

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 6347
2012: 698
2011: 681
2010: 689
2009: 650
2008: 697
2007: 750
2006: 769
2005: 749
2004: 683
2003: 676
2002: 640
2001: 671
2000: 650
1999: 639

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.967
2012: 5.47
2011: 5.34
2010: 5.42
2009: 5.13
2008: 5.53
2007: 5.97
2006: 6.15
2005: 6.02
2004: 5.50
2003: 5.46
2002: 5.19
2001: 5.46
2000: 5.29
1999: 5.21

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 4867
2012: 547
2011: 512
2010: 501
2009: 483
2008: 524
2007: 554
2006: 593
2005: 535
2004: 504
2003: 467
2002: 456
2001: 444
2000: 439
1999: 428

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.807
2012: 4.29
2011: 4.02
2010: 3.94
2009: 3.81
2008: 4.15
2007: 4.41
2006: 4.74
2005: 4.30
2004: 4.06
2003: 3.77
2002: 3.70
2001: 3.61
2000: 3.57
1999: 3.66

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 3289 10
2012: 412
2011: 379
2010: 367
2009: 373
2008: 398
2007: 439
2006: 474
2005: 392
2004: 359
2003: 371
2002: 342
2001: 383
2000: 400
1999: 369
1998: 388
1997: 372
1996: 438
1995: 424

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.5712
2012: 3.23
2011: 2.97
2010: 2.89
2009: 2.94
2008: 3.16
2007: 3.49
2006: 3.79
2005: 3.15
2004: 2.89
2003: 3.00
2002: 2.77
2001: 3.11
2000: 3.26
1999: 3.01
1998: 3.17
1997: 3.04
1996: 3.58
1995: 3.48

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 10
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 13

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 429 10
2012: 19
2011: 27
2010: 19
2009: 24
2008: 31
2007: 28
2006: 25
2005: 31
2004: 22
2003: 21
2002: 27
2001: 15
2000: 16
1999: 32
1998: 36
1997: 44
1996: 41
1995: 49

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3312
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.21
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.22
2006: 0.20
2005: 0.25
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.17
2002: 0.22
2001: 0.12
2000: 0.13
1999: 0.26
1998: 0.29
1997: 0.36
1996: 0.34
1995: 0.40

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 1713 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 17
2010: 12
2009: 11
2008: 15
2007: 18
2006: 12
2005: 20
2004: 11
2003: 13
2002: 14
2001: 13
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 14

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 709 10
2012: 91
2011: 64
2010: 71
2009: 71
2008: 92
2007: 60
2006: 55
2005: 105
2004: 68
2003: 40
2002: 65
2001: 40
2000: 6
1999: 6
1997: 1
1996: 14
1995: 3

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.5512
2012: 0.71
2011: 0.50
2010: 0.56
2009: 0.56
2008: 0.73
2007: 0.48
2006: 0.44
2005: 0.84
2004: 0.55
2003: 0.32
2002: 0.53
2001: 0.33
2000: 0.05
1999: 0.05
1997: 0.01
1996: 0.11
1995: 0.02

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 46113 10
2012: 537
2011: 489
2010: 486
2009: 468
2008: 505
2007: 536
2006: 577
2005: 510
2004: 483
2003: 452
2002: 441
2001: 431
2000: 430
1999: 401

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.6113 10
2012: 4.21
2011: 3.84
2010: 3.83
2009: 3.69
2008: 4.00
2007: 4.27
2006: 4.61
2005: 4.10
2004: 3.89
2003: 3.65
2002: 3.58
2001: 3.50
2000: 3.50
1999: 3.27

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 1,7887
2012: 1,647
2011: 1,747
2010: 1,576
2009: 1,631
2008: 1,539
2007: 1,441
2006: 1,396
2005: 1,430
2004: 1,410
2003: 1,340
2002: 1,341
2001: 1,276
2000: 1,356
1999: 1,284

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 14.007
2012: 12.90
2011: 13.71
2010: 12.41
2009: 12.88
2008: 12.20
2007: 11.47
2006: 11.16
2005: 11.49
2004: 11.36
2003: 10.83
2002: 10.88
2001: 10.37
2000: 11.04
1999: 10.47

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 9187
2012: 819
2011: 883
2010: 762
2009: 825
2008: 770
2007: 719
2006: 734
2005: 768
2004: 722
2003: 724
2002: 720
2001: 684
2000: 756
1999: 709

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 7.197
2012: 6.42
2011: 6.93
2010: 6.00
2009: 6.51
2008: 6.11
2007: 5.72
2006: 5.87
2005: 6.17
2004: 5.82
2003: 5.85
2002: 5.84
2001: 5.56
2000: 6.16
1999: 5.78

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 11213
2012: 101
2011: 95
2010: 82
2009: 62
2008: 45
2007: 60
2006: 41
2005: 53
2004: 41
2003: 40
2002: 34
2001: 43
2000: 34
1999: 61

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8813
2012: 0.79
2011: 0.75
2010: 0.65
2009: 0.49
2008: 0.36
2007: 0.48
2006: 0.33
2005: 0.43
2004: 0.33
2003: 0.32
2002: 0.28
2001: 0.35
2000: 0.28
1999: 0.50

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 9113
2012: 69
2011: 71
2010: 61
2009: 80
2008: 71
2007: 70
2006: 58
2005: 75
2004: 53
2003: 65
2002: 68
2001: 59
2000: 86
1999: 67

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.7113
2012: 0.54
2011: 0.56
2010: 0.48
2009: 0.63
2008: 0.56
2007: 0.56
2006: 0.46
2005: 0.60
2004: 0.43
2003: 0.53
2002: 0.55
2001: 0.48
2000: 0.70
1999: 0.55

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 71513
2012: 649
2011: 717
2010: 619
2009: 683
2008: 654
2007: 589
2006: 635
2005: 640
2004: 628
2003: 619
2002: 618
2001: 582
2000: 636
1999: 581

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 5.6013
2012: 5.08
2011: 5.63
2010: 4.87
2009: 5.39
2008: 5.19
2007: 4.69
2006: 5.08
2005: 5.14
2004: 5.06
2003: 5.00
2002: 5.01
2001: 4.73
2000: 5.18
1999: 4.74

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 227
2012: 65
2011: 20
2010: 32
2009: 23
2008: 32
2007: 23
2006: 30
2005: 32
2004: 26
2003: 20
2002: 25
2001: 23
2000: 42
1999: 36

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.177
2012: 0.51
2011: 0.16
2010: 0.25
2009: 0.18
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.18
2006: 0.24
2005: 0.26
2004: 0.21
2003: 0.16
2002: 0.20
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.34
1999: 0.29

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 1913
2012: 61
2011: 17
2010: 25
2009: 16
2008: 28
2007: 19
2006: 24
2005: 30
2004: 21
2003: 16
2002: 22
2001: 21
2000: 38
1999: 34

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.48
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.24
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.18
2001: 0.17
2000: 0.31
1999: 0.28

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 11
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 13
2006: 3
2005: 10
2004: 10
2003: 11
2002: 10
2001: 13
2000: 7
1999: 10

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.08
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.08
2001: 0.11
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.08

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 11
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 10
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 13
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 4118
2010: 32
2009: 47
2008: 3819
2007: 41
2006: 36
2005: 19
2004: 34
2003: 22
2002: 20
2001: 1820
2000: 27
1999: 30
1998: 13
1997: 33
1996: 18
1995: 21

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Pennsylvania at a rate of 14.121 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Pennsylvania ranked at No. 3021 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Pennsylvania is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Pennsylvania includes the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes and the Constitution of Pennsylvania 196823

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Pennsylvania are regulated by the State of Pennsylvania24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Pennsylvania, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Pennsylvania, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Pennsylvania, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Pennsylvania, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Pennsylvania, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Pennsylvania, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Pennsylvania is 18 years37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Pennsylvania stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Pennsylvania, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Pennsylvania, the law does not require (registration prohibited)40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Pennsylvania, licensed firearm dealers are required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Pennsylvania, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted by a licensed firearms dealer42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Pennsylvania, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Pennsylvania is obliged42 44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Pennsylvania is obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Pennsylvania, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Pennsylvania is reported to be

2015: 6,34746
2014: 6,32547
2013: 6,22748
2012: 5,89149
2011: 5,64950

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Pennsylvania, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Pennsylvania, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Pennsylvania do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Pennsylvania include54 43 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Pennsylvania include55 53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Pennsylvania, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law56 57 58 59 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Pennsylvania, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not60 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Pennsylvania, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit, except in Philadelphia where it is subject to a valid permit61 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Pennsylvania, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Pennsylvania, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 62 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Pennsylvania, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Pennsylvania, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Pennsylvania, private guns are prohibited in courthouses,63 vehicles (loaded firearms)55 and schools64 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Pennsylvania as ‘C’65

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Pennsylvania on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 2666
2010: 2667
2009: 2568
2008: 2669
2007: 2670

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Pennsylvania at No. 2371 among 50 US States


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