It Is Not Illegal in Pennsylvania to Wear a Mask While Carrying a Firearm

Although I was previously quoted in an article, FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims It Is Illegal To Wear A Mask If You Have A Concealed Carry Permit In Pennsylvania, explaining that it is not illegal in Pennsylvania to wear a mask while conceal carrying a firearm, pursuant to a valid license to carry firearms, few individuals seem to be aware of the article.

Text/Post going around Facebook claiming it is illegal to carry a firearm while wearing a mask

As I explained to Reporter Elias Atienza, “while each state’s laws are different, in Pennsylvania, there is no law criminalizing the wearing of a mask, while lawfully carrying a firearm.” I further explained that the citation is not to a real law in PA. In Pennsylvania, our Crimes Code is found in Title 18; thus, citations to criminal statutes would generally be in the form of 18 Pa.C.S. § <insert section number>. Pa stands for Pennsylvania and C.S. stands for Consolidated Statutes. While an individual *might* refer to just the section number and assume that the person reading it would know that it comes from Title 18, a review of Title 18 yields that it neither has a section 34 nor 34-9, as Title 18 actually starts at 18 Pa.C.S. § 101. As the article also declares, “Pennsylvania State Police Communications Director Ryan Tarkowski confirmed to the Reporter Atienza that the post’s claim was ‘false’.”

Thus, the citation in the FB post is either wholly made up or comes from a different state that has such a statutory section.

If you or someone you know has had their rights violated by a Government agency or have issues relating to the carrying of a firearm while wearing a mask, contact Firearms Industry Consulting Group today to discuss YOUR rights and legal options.


Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®) is a registered trademark and division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., with rights and permissions granted to Prince Law Offices, P.C. to use in this article.

5 thoughts on “It Is Not Illegal in Pennsylvania to Wear a Mask While Carrying a Firearm

  1. does this create another legal challenge to mandated mask wearing under 2a / 14 a..?

    For states that have such a prohibition that is …

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  2. Why is it that handgun registration exists in PA, contrary to state law? (PA CS 6111.4). I heard it was challenged and PA supreme court upheld the registration. This needs to be challenged again. Handgun registration, and the database that the state police maintains is clearly a violation of our 2A rights, PA constitution, and of state law. What can be done about this infringement? Thank you for all you do.

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  3. The Pennsylvania Title 18 Section 907 (d)(1) Anything specially made or specially adapted for criminal use.

    (2) Anything used for criminal purposes and possessed by the actor under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for lawful uses it may have.

    The State can easily interpret that a mask could be made specifically or adapted for criminal use. As law enforcement are not obligated to know the laws which they enforce, they can make any decision they want at a time of detainment or arrest. Regardless of the validity of a charge or even lawfulness, it is a decision made by the DA on prosecuting and they certainly can embellish this interpretation.

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    1. The state will need to get a Judge to buy that the mask the state just mandated us all to wear is in fact ” criminal tooling”… this might present a challenge, especially if the judge is compling with the mandate..

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