Pennsylvania State Law Summary

Posted on January 1, 2012


Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Pennsylvania ranked 11th out of 50 – having enacted some gun violence prevention laws.

In 2013, Pennsylvania did not enact any new laws regarding firearms.


Among other things, Pennsylvania:

However, Pennsylvania does not:

In 2010, Pennsylvania had the 30th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Pennsylvania had the 30th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Pennsylvania were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 30th highest rate among the states. Based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in every year from 2006 through 2009, Pennsylvania was one of the top ten interstate suppliers of crime guns. Pennsylvania is the top interstate supplier of crime guns to Delaware and New Jersey.

Pennsylvania Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Pennsylvania, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.