Many people may not realize this, but Pennsylvania has stricter firearms laws than much of the country. In fact, it has been ranked the 10th toughest state with regards to gun laws. Gun laws vary from state to state, which is why it is important to know where one stands when they enter Pennsylvania.

It is possible to openly carry a gun across the state without a license, except in Philadelphia. However, in order to concealed carry, individuals over the age of 21 must apply for a license to carry firearms in the county office where they reside.

Contrary to what one might assume, all criminal convictions do not preclude individuals from owning guns. It depends on what one has been found guilty of. There are several circumstances that will preclude a person from owning a gun, including: if they have been convicted of committing a violent crime, whether it was a felony or a misdemeanor; if they are an undocumented immigrant; if they are declared mentally ill by the court or are younger than 18; or if they are a fugitive from justice or are subject to an active protection from abuse order. Additionally, an alcoholic or someone convicted of three separate DUIs within five years may not buy firearms. Lastly, firearms are not permitted near or on school grounds.

Gun laws have always remained a contentious issue in the country’s history and it is important to remain up to date regarding them. If someone is found guilty of violating a firearms law, they may find themselves facing serious penalties that might affect the remainder of their life. A person facing these charges should consult an experienced attorney for guidance.