To the surprise of many residents, as well as law enforcement officers, individuals who are not prohibited from owning firearms may openly carry a handgun on or about his/her person without a license (18 PA.C.S. Â§ 6106). This has been upheld by the PA Supreme Court in Commonwealth v. Ortiz and Commonwealth v. Hawkins. However, there are some limitations on open carry. Specifically: 1. the handgun must be in plain sight; 2. the individual cannot open carry in a vehicle (18 PA.C.S. Â§ 6106); 3. in cities of the first class (Philadelphia); and 4. where prohibited by statute. Current prohibitions by statute include during a state of emergency (18 PA.C.S. Â§ 6107), and openly carrying in Philadelphia without a License to Carry Firearms (LTCF; meaning a concealed carry permit) (18 PA.C.S. Â§ 6108).