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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

2017: 1,6367
2016: 1,5557
2015: 1,485
2014: 1,390
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

2017: 12.787
2016: 12.16
2015: 11.60
2014: 10.87
2013: 11.36
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

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 1,4067
2016: 1,3687
2015: 1,303
2014: 1,224
2013: 1,252
2012: 1,282
2011: 1,269
2010: 1,165
2009: 1,162
2008: 1,208

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 22.427
2016: 21.85
2015: 20.80
2014: 19.57
2013: 20.06
2012: 20.58
2011: 20.42
2010: 18.82
2009: 18.83
2008: 19.68

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 2307
2016: 1877
2015: 182
2014: 166
2013: 199
2012: 171
2011: 169
2010: 142
2009: 187
2008: 137

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.527
2016: 2.87
2015: 2.78
2014: 2.54
2013: 3.05
2012: 2.62
2011: 2.59
2010: 2.18
2009: 2.88
2008: 2.12

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual homicides by any means total

2017: 7847
2016: 7127
2015: 660
2014: 610
2013: 624
2012: 690
2011: 678
2010: 676
2009: 644
2008: 683
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

2017: 6.127
2016: 5.57
2015: 5.16
2014: 4.77
2013: 4.88
2012: 5.41
2011: 5.32
2010: 5.32
2009: 5.08
2008: 5.42
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

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual male homicides by any means total

2017: 6317
2016: 5937
2015: 549
2014: 483
2013: 502
2012: 562
2011: 556
2010: 547
2009: 505
2008: 560

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

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

2017: 10.067
2016: 9.47
2015: 8.76
2014: 7.72
2013: 8.04
2012: 9.02
2011: 8.95
2010: 8.84
2009: 8.18
2008: 9.12

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual female homicides by any means total

2017: 1537
2016: 1197
2015: 111
2014: 127
2013: 122
2012: 128
2011: 122
2010: 129
2009: 139
2008: 123

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

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

2017: 2.347
2016: 1.82
2015: 1.70
2014: 1.94
2013: 1.87
2012: 1.96
2011: 1.87
2010: 1.98
2009: 2.14
2008: 1.90

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual firearm homicides total

2017: 6027
2016: 5387
2015: 522
2014: 466
2013: 4868
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

2017: 4.707
2016: 4.21
2015: 4.08
2014: 3.64
2013: 3.80
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

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual male firearm homicides total

2017: 5167
2016: 4757
2015: 466
2014: 392
2013: 415
2012: 476
2011: 448
2010: 443
2009: 398
2008: 460

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 8.237
2016: 7.59
2015: 7.44
2014: 6.27
2013: 6.65
2012: 7.64
2011: 7.21
2010: 7.16
2009: 6.45
2008: 7.49

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual female firearm homicides total

2017: 867
2016: 637
2015: 56
2014: 74
2013: 71
2012: 71
2011: 64
2010: 58
2009: 85
2008: 64

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 1.327
2016: 0.97
2015: 0.86
2014: 1.13
2013: 1.09
2012: 1.09
2011: 0.98
2010: 0.89
2009: 1.31
2008: 0.99

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to figures9 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2017: 45210 11
2016: 395
2015: 386
2014: 350
2013: 328
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 figures12 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.5313
2016: 3.09
2015: 3.02
2014: 2.74
2013: 2.57
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual handgun homicides total

2017: 147
2016: 10
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7 11
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.117
2016: 0.08
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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)

Male Handgun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male handgun homicides total

2017: 137
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.217
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Handgun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female handgun homicides total

2017: 17
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.027
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Long Gun Homicides

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

2017: 1910 11
2016: 22
2015: 21
2014: 22
2013: 42
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

2017: 0.1513
2016: 0.17
2015: 0.16
2014: 0.17
2013: 0.33
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual long gun homicides total

2017: 167
2016: 10
2015: 14
2014: 10
2013: 17
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.127
2016: 0.08
2015: 0.11
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.13
2012: 0
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.12
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)

Male Long Gun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male long gun homicides total

2017: 117
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 12
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 11

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

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.187
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0.19
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0.18

Female Long Gun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female long gun homicides total

2017: 57
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 10
2012: 0
2011: 5
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 4

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

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.087
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.15
2012: 0
2011: 0.08
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0.06

Gun Homicides (Other)

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

2017: 9610 17
2016: 69
2015: 90
2014: 81
2013: 70
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 figures18 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.7513
2016: 0.54
2015: 0.70
2014: 0.63
2013: 0.55
2012: 4.21
2011: 3.84
2010: 3.83
2009: 3.69
2008: 4
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 5727
2016: 5187
2015: 505
2014: 450
2013: 4617 11
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 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 4.477
2016: 4.05
2015: 3.94
2014: 3.52
2013: 3.61
2012: 4.21
2011: 3.84
2010: 3.83
2009: 3.69
2008: 4
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

Male Gun Homicide Victims (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 4927
2016: 4637
2015: 456
2014: 379
2013: 401
2012: 469
2011: 432
2010: 433
2009: 389
2008: 448

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

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male firearm homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 7.857
2016: 7.39
2015: 7.28
2014: 6.06
2013: 6.42
2012: 7.53
2011: 6.95
2010: 6.99
2009: 6.30
2008: 7.30

Female Gun Homicide Victims (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 807
2016: 557
2015: 49
2014: 71
2013: 60
2012: 68
2011: 57
2010: 53
2009: 79
2008: 57

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

ChartIn Pennsylvania, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female firearm homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.227
2016: 0.84
2015: 0.75
2014: 1.09
2013: 0.92
2012: 1.04
2011: 0.87
2010: 0.81
2009: 1.22
2008: 0.88

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual suicides by any means total

2017: 2,0297
2016: 1,9677
2015: 1,894
2014: 1,812
2013: 1,786
2012: 1,646
2011: 1,745
2010: 1,574
2009: 1,628
2008: 1,536
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

2017: 15.847
2016: 15.39
2015: 14.79
2014: 14.17
2013: 13.98
2012: 12.90
2011: 13.69
2010: 12.39
2009: 12.85
2008: 12.18
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

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual male suicides by any means total

2017: 1,5677
2016: 1,5307
2015: 1,468
2014: 1,436
2013: 1,409
2012: 1,320
2011: 1,406
2010: 1,248
2009: 1,286
2008: 1,261

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

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

2017: 24.997
2016: 24.44
2015: 23.43
2014: 22.96
2013: 22.57
2012: 21.19
2011: 22.62
2010: 20.16
2009: 20.84
2008: 20.54

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual female suicides by any means total

2017: 4627
2016: 4377
2015: 426
2014: 376
2013: 377
2012: 326
2011: 339
2010: 326
2009: 342
2008: 275

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

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

2017: 7.077
2016: 6.70
2015: 6.52
2014: 5.76
2013: 5.77
2012: 4.99
2011: 5.19
2010: 5.01
2009: 5.26
2008: 4.25

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual firearm suicides total

2017: 9937
2016: 9767
2015: 932
2014: 897
2013: 9188
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

2017: 7.757
2016: 7.63
2015: 7.28
2014: 7.01
2013: 7.19
2012: 6.42
2011: 6.93
2010: 6
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

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual male firearm suicides total

2017: 8547
2016: 8587
2015: 807
2014: 807
2013: 797
2012: 728
2011: 785
2010: 683
2009: 726
2008: 704

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 13.627
2016: 13.70
2015: 12.88
2014: 12.90
2013: 12.77
2012: 11.69
2011: 12.63
2010: 11.03
2009: 11.77
2008: 11.47

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual female firearm suicides total

2017: 1397
2016: 1187
2015: 125
2014: 90
2013: 121
2012: 91
2011: 98
2010: 79
2009: 99
2008: 66

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 2.137
2016: 1.81
2015: 1.91
2014: 1.38
2013: 1.85
2012: 1.39
2011: 1.50
2010: 1.21
2009: 1.52
2008: 1.02

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual handgun suicides total

2017: 1147
2016: 1097
2015: 120
2014: 111
2013: 1127
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

2017: 0.897
2016: 0.85
2015: 0.94
2014: 0.87
2013: 0.88
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

Male Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual male handgun suicides total

2017: 977
2016: 967
2015: 99
2014: 99
2013: 98
2012: 89
2011: 78
2010: 69
2009: 56
2008: 40

Rate of Male Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 1.557
2016: 1.53
2015: 1.58
2014: 1.58
2013: 1.57
2012: 1.43
2011: 1.26
2010: 1.11
2009: 0.91
2008: 0.65

Female Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual female handgun suicides total

2017: 177
2016: 137
2015: 21
2014: 12
2013: 14
2012: 12
2011: 17
2010: 13
2009: 6
2008: 5

Rate of Female Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 0.267
2016: 0.20
2015: 0.32
2014: 0.18
2013: 0.21
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.26
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.08

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, the number of long gun suicides is

2017: 737
2016: 77
2015: 76
2014: 101
2013: 91
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

2017: 0.577
2016: 0.60
2015: 0.59
2014: 0.79
2013: 0.71
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

Male Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual male long gun suicides total

2017: 707
2016: 737
2015: 70
2014: 96
2013: 85
2012: 67
2011: 69
2010: 58
2009: 79
2008: 71

Rate of Male Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 1.127
2016: 1.17
2015: 1.12
2014: 1.54
2013: 1.36
2012: 1.08
2011: 1.11
2010: 0.94
2009: 1.28
2008: 1.16

Female Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual female long gun suicides total

2017: 37
2016: 4
2015: 6
2014: 5
2013: 6
2012: 2
2011: 2
2010: 3
2009: 1
2008: 0

Rate of Female Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2017: 0.057
2016: 0.06
2015: 0.09
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.05
2009: 0.02
2008: 0

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual gun suicides (other) total

2017: 8067
2016: 7907
2015: 736
2014: 685
2013: 7157
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

2017: 6.297
2016: 6.18
2015: 5.75
2014: 5.36
2013: 5.60
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

Male Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual male gun suicides (other) total

2017: 6877
2016: 6897
2015: 638
2014: 612
2013: 614
2012: 572
2011: 638
2010: 556
2009: 591
2008: 593

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

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

2017: 10.957
2016: 11
2015: 10.18
2014: 9.79
2013: 9.84
2012: 9.18
2011: 10.27
2010: 8.98
2009: 9.58
2008: 9.66

Female Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual female gun suicides (other) total

2017: 1197
2016: 1017
2015: 98
2014: 73
2013: 101
2012: 77
2011: 79
2010: 63
2009: 92
2008: 61

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

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

2017: 1.827
2016: 1.55
2015: 1.50
2014: 1.12
2013: 1.55
2012: 1.18
2011: 1.21
2010: 0.97
2009: 1.42
2008: 0.94

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2017: 137
2016: 16
2015: 16
2014: 14
2013: 22
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

2017: 0.107
2016: 0.13
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.11
2013: 0.17
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 Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2017: 117
2016: 147
2015: 16
2014: 13
2013: 20
2012: 58
2011: 17
2010: 28
2009: 22
2008: 27

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 0.187
2016: 0.22
2015: 0.26
2014: 0.21
2013: 0.32
2012: 0.93
2011: 0.27
2010: 0.45
2009: 0.36
2008: 0.44

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2017: 27
2016: 2
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 1
2013: 2
2012: 7
2011: 3
2010: 4
2009: 1
2008: 5

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 0.037
2016: 0.03
2015: 0
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.08

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
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

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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 Male Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Female Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
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

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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 Male Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Female Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2017: 117
2016: 15
2015: 15
2014: 12
2013: 19
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

2017: 0.097
2016: 0.12
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.09
2013: 0.15
2012: 0.48
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.13
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

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2017: 07
2016: 137
2015: 15
2014: 11
2013: 18
2012: 54
2011: 14
2010: 21
2009: 15
2008: 23

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 0.21
2015: 0.24
2014: 0.18
2013: 0.29
2012: 0.87
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.34
2009: 0.24
2008: 0.37

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2017: 07
2016: 2
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 1
2013: 1
2012: 7
2011: 3
2010: 4
2009: 1
2008: 5

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 0.03
2015: 0
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.08

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 10
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)8
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

2017: 07
2016: 0.08
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0.09
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
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

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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)

Male Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
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

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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)

Male Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
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

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
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)

Male Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

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

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

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn Pennsylvania, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2017: 217
2016: 15
2015: 10
2014: 11
2013: 17
2012: 18
2011: 12
2010: 0
2009: 15
2008: 13
2007: 41
2006: 36
2005: 19
2004: 34
2003: 22
2002: 20
2001: 1819
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 14.120 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. 3020 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 permissive21

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Pennsylvania includes the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes and the Constitution of Pennsylvania 196822

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Pennsylvania are regulated by the State of Pennsylvania23 24 25

Right to Possess Firearms

In Pennsylvania, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,26 as limited by federal law27 and state law28 24 25

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Pennsylvania, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986,29 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,30 .50 calibre rifles31 and large capacity ammunition magazines32 24 25

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Pennsylvania, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration29 33 24 25

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Pennsylvania, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence30 24 25

Regulation of Handguns

In Pennsylvania, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence34 35 24 25

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Pennsylvania, non-prohibited persons of minimum age35 34 24 25 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 years36 24 25

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Pennsylvania stipulates37 24 25 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 required38 24 25

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Pennsylvania, the law does not require (registration prohibited)39 24 25 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 required40 24 25 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 dealer41 24 25

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Pennsylvania, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful42 24 25

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Pennsylvania is obliged41 43 24 25 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 obliged43 24 25 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 limited44 24 25

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

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

2015: 6,34745
2014: 6,32546
2013: 6,22747
2012: 5,89148
2011: 5,64949

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Pennsylvania, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined50 24 25

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Pennsylvania, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated51 24 25 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Pennsylvania do not include52 24 25 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Pennsylvania include53 42 24 25 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Pennsylvania include54 52 24 25 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 law55 56 57 58 24 25

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Pennsylvania, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not59 24 25 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 permit60 24 25

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Pennsylvania, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit38 24 25

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Pennsylvania, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,38 61 24 25 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)38 24 25 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 exempt38 24 25 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Pennsylvania, private guns are prohibited in courthouses,62 vehicles (loaded firearms)54 and schools63 24 25

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’64

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: 2665
2010: 2666
2009: 2567
2008: 2668
2007: 2669

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Pennsylvania at No. 2370 among 50 US States


Short References

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