Philadelphia Gun Permit Unit Staged Reopening To Start This Week!

On Wednesday, July 8th, the Philadelphia Gun Permit (GPU) will initiate its staged reopening for processing licenses to carry firearms (“LTCFs”), after having been shutdown since March due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions.

Starting on Wednesday, July 8th through July 15th, from 8:30am to 2pm, individuals can call 215-685-3661 or 215-685-3662 to schedule appointments for new applications, renewals, and pickups. (Please understand that the GPU has only been allotted 2 lines, so there is the possibility of difficulty getting through on your first attempt). On Thursday, July 16th and Friday, July 17th, the GPU will be issuing LTCFs that have already been approved and on Monday, July 20th through Wednesday, July 22nd, the GPU will meet with applicants with scheduled appointment for new applications. Due to COVID restrictions, although the GPU has eight carousels for meeting with applicants, they are only being permitted to utilize four of them; however, they do expect to get through 30-35 applicant interviews a day, even with the cleaning protocol being instituted between interviews. If they are able to get applicants in-and-out quicker or reduce the amount of time allotted for cleaning, the following week, the GPU will attempt to schedule more appointments, depending on demand.

The schedule, for now, is expected to remain with Monday through Wednesday being applicant interviews and Thursday through Friday being LTCF pick up days. Depending on demand and the time requirements, this schedule may be changed in an attempt to get more LTCF applicants and renewals through, per day/week. Also, the GPU will attempt to work with individuals, whose schedules cannot comport with the set schedule.

More information and any changes to the schedule will be posted on

If you or someone you know has been precluded from obtaining their LTCF or have issues or questions regarding the carrying of a firearm n Pennsylvania, contact Firearms Industry Consulting Group today to discuss YOUR rights and legal options.

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11 thoughts on “Philadelphia Gun Permit Unit Staged Reopening To Start This Week!

  1. Joshua,

    I would love to see you do an updated article about this law. I hear conflicting information at the range that I think is going to get someone in trouble. Has this been updated in 2 years, I didn’t think so, but I am not an attorney.

    David J Imschweiler, CIC, TRS
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  2. I have been trying to get an appointment to renew my carry permit for the last 4 MONTHS! The Gun Permit unit phone #s was all ways busy or just no answer. Well today I was blessed with an appointment for the interview which will start the 1 1/2 month process. The anointment i was given is May 4, 2021 at 1:30 SHARP. Over 9 months wait for an interview. Does anyone else see this as a deliberate delay in the permit issuing process? Justice delayed is justice denied.

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    1. I contacted Phila Gun Permit Unit today Sep. 1st 2020 for a appointment for an LTCF renewal, and was given the date of Sep. 8th 2021 (over a YEAR AWAY). I responded my license expires Oct.2020 and was advised to keep any firearms at my place of residence. This Q&A Question is from the Phila GUN PERMIT UNIT website:
      Q: My License expires soon. How soon can I apply for a renewal?
      A: You may apply up to 60 days before the date of expiration of your current License. We will not accept applications that are completed more than 60 days prior to expiration.
      So at this point every one is guaranteed a lapse in their LTCF.
      CLASS ACTION Suit anyone ?


  3. Really the process is wrong. If you are getting a renewal there is no point in all this BS. You should sign a form that you have not been arrested or been institutionalized and pay the fee. Done. If a person is arrested during that processing they (the waste Police) shall check to see if the person has a CCW and proceed accordingly. This whole CCW is BS.

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  4. I’m a Phila resident and my license expires in March, 2021. I can’t get an appointment until September , 2021 for renewal. I have to wait over ONE YEAR for an appointment to renew. I’d be interested in filing suit!!!


  5. After 20 calls on 9/8/20 to the Philadelphia Gun Unit, I was given an appointment for October 25th. When I explained that my current permit expires in November of 2020, the young lady said “oh no dear, October 25, 2021”. I will not be made a criminal by government incompetence.


    1. Called and got through to the Philadelphia licensing dept. today, Sept. 21. I expire in November and was given an appointment time of December 14th, 2021. They are getting further behind and it’s ridiculous. I was told Gov. Wolfe has now extended all permits through Dec. 30th 2020 (verified on PA state police site). That still leaves me a gap of 1 year. Left a message with Governors office asking/suggesting they indefinitely extend all permits until the city is caught up OR allow us to travel to another county to renew. Unless those things happen, there are literally 10’s of thousands (likely more) of law abiding, ccw holding individuals in Philadelphia that will be illegal over the course of the next year.


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