|Pennsylvania is a
"shall issue state". This means that any law abiding citizen and
resident of Pennsylvania who has a clean criminal record can
apply for a concealed carry firearms permit for self defense and
be issued one for a term of five (5) years.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER TRAINING
Unlike with many other states, such as Florida, Virginia, Utah,
Texas, Ohio, etc., you are not required to take and pass a
firearm or handgun safety course to obtain the Pennsylvania
Concealed Carry Firearms Permit. However, it is a good idea, and
good common sense, to take an appropriate, formal, firearm or
handgun safety course given by an NRA Certified Firearms
Instructor if you are purchasing a gun for self defense or
applying for a firearms carry permit, for your own safety and
everyone else's safety and well being.
You'll want to
learn the "rules of the road" just as when you take Drivers
Education before applying for a Drivers License. Owning a
firearm is your right if you are a law abiding citizen with a
clean criminal record. However, it is negligent to buy a gun for
personal protection/self defense and not take proper training on
how to use it, operate it, shoot it, maintain it, store it, and
the laws about the use of deadly force.
At Personal Defense
Solutions, we offer handgun safety and concealed carry classes
to individuals and groups. If you are a Pennsylvania or
Philadelphia resident thinking about making application for a
Pennsylvania Concealed Carry Firearms Permit, consider
contacting us for information about getting proper training. Get
the training that you need to prevent avoidable firearms related
accidents due to negligence and/or ignorance.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HANDGUN SAFETY TRAINING AND
INSTRUCTION in the Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks
County, and Delaware County areas, call to speak with Dr. Eimer
at: 215-938-7283 (938-SAVE). Or,
contact Dr. Eimer by email here.
All firearms are dangerous and must be treated accordingly.
Knowledge is power and can prevent tragedy. It is true that guns
save lives, but only in the hands of proficient and
knowledgeable firearm owners. In addition, shooting at the range
can become a worthwhile and fun hobby, but you need to get
competent instruction in order to stay safe and not jeopardize
the safety of others.
The "Four Universal
Rules of Firearm Safety" are listed below. However, please
recognize that you need to take proper training by an NRA
Certified Firearms Instructor in order to adequately understand
them and apply them intelligently.
THE FOUR UNIVERSAL RULES OF
GUN SAFETY ARE:
all firearms as if they are loaded. Many avoidable tragedies
are the result of careless handling of guns that were
assumed to be UNLOADED.
point any firearm at anything you do not intend to destroy.
Never horse around with firearms
Whenever you pick up and handle any firearm, always keep
your finger off of the trigger and out of the trigger guard
unless your sights are on a legitimate target AND you have
made the decision to begin shooting at that target.
Before you shoot at a target, make sure you know your target
and that it is safe to shoot at it. Never shoot at a target
you are unsure of and have not identified as a legitimate
target. Make sure you know what is around your target so
that the bullets from your firearm do not strike anything or
HOW TO APPLY FOR YOUR PERMIT:
The procedure, depending on the county in which you live, is
either (a) to go to your township's or city's chief of police
office and obtain an application, or (b) to go to your county
sheriff's office to obtain an application. The items you will
need will include:
PA Driver's License.
2. Your completed
A Pennsylvania License To Carry Firearms
3. Your approved Police Check Card signed by your
4. If you are foreign born, you must bring proof of
5. Cash, check or money order in the amount of:
(a) $19.00 for a laminated paper permit, but you must
supply two (2) passport size photos, OR,
(b) $40.00 for a hard plastic card similar to a
driver's license, and the digital photo is included and done
at the police office issuing the permit.
sample exhibit is for
residents of Montgomery County. However, the
Application For A
Pennsylvania License To Carry Firearms is for all PA
residents no matter where you live.
If you live in
Philadelphia, you must go to Gun Permits & Tracking Unit, 990
Spring Garden Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, Monday
through Friday, 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM to pick up the required
forms. You can reach their website by
clicking here. You can also
click this link to download the forms from their website.
When you apply for
a Pennsylvania Carry Permit, you will need to provide two