Open Carry in Pennsylvania

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. § 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. § 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. § 6107), and openly carrying in Philadelphia without a License to Carry Firearms (LTCF; meaning a concealed carry permit) (18 PA.C.S. § 6108).

2 thoughts on “Open Carry in Pennsylvania

  1. So ….has anyone tried that here? If so, what was the result? I can’t imagine open carrying a gun at the Exton Mall without an armed confrontation with the cops.


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