While it is possible to carry concealed weapons in many parts of America, not just anyone can do it. In order to legally concealed carry, a person needs a license in order to do so.
What happens if you get caught with a concealed weapon but do not have the appropriate license?
Who cannot apply for a license?
As 18 Pa. C.S. § 6106 explains, the law disallows anyone from carrying concealed weapons without a valid license. There are some circumstances in the state that allows for concealed carry without a license, but these exceptions are few and far between.
If you have a drug conviction or are a convicted felon, you cannot own a firearm or purchase a concealed carry license. The same goes for undocumented immigrants, people dishonorably discharged from military service, and those declared mentally incompetent by medical professionals.
Penalties for illegal carrying
Carrying concealed firearms without a permit falls under the classification of a first-degree misdemeanor. Those convicted can face anywhere from 30 months to five years in jail. It also comes with a potential $10,000 penalty.
However, if you committed a crime while illegally armed, this is a third-degree felony. You may face a prison sentence of 42 months to seven years or a fine of up to $15,000.
You do not need a license to keep a gun in your place of business or home. Members of the military and police officers also have an exemption from the need for a license to conceal and carry their weapons.