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You can face heavy penalties without a license to carry a firearm

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2021 | Criminal Defense

In the state of Pennsylvania, there are certain circumstances under which you can carry a firearm without the need for a license.

However, most people must have a license to carry or face significant penalties.

Violation of Section 6106

According to 18 Pa. C.S. § 6106, you cannot carry a concealed weapon or carry a firearm in your vehicle unless you have a valid license to do so. You are ineligible to own a firearm or purchase a license if you are a convicted felon, have a drug conviction or are mentally incompetent. You are also ineligible if you are an undocumented immigrant or were dishonorably discharged from military service.


A conviction for carrying a firearm without a license is a first-degree misdemeanor. This comes with a fine of up to $10,000 and prison from 30 months to five years. If you were ineligible to own a license or committed a crime while illegally armed, you are looking at a third-degree felony. At this level, the maximum fine is $15,000 and the prison term ranges from 42 months to seven years.

Exempted from the law

Keep in mind that you do not need a license to have a firearm in your home or in your place of business. Additionally, some people are exempt from the law, including police officers and members of the military.

Next steps

If law enforcement charges you with carrying a firearm without a license, seek legal guidance as soon as possible. This is especially important if you have had prior convictions. An advocate can begin putting together a defense strategy according to your particular circumstances. Your rights need protection and you want the best outcome possible for your case.