|State Constitutional provision protecting firearms rights?
||“The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be ques- tioned.” Article 1, Section 21.
|Statewide registry of firearms?
||No, however PSP have been permitted to create and keep a partial registry (a “sales database”) under Allegheny County Sportsmen’s League v. Rendell, 580 Pa. 149, 860 A.2d 10 (Pa. 2004).
||18 Pa.C.S. § 6111.4 Allegheny County Sportsmen’s League v. Rendell, 580 Pa. 149, 860 A.2d 10 (Pa. 2004)
|Permit required to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun in a vehicle?
||18 Pa.C.S. § 6109
|Definition of “handgun”
||In a round about way, yes. “Firearm.” Any pistol or revolver with a barrel length less than 15 inches, any shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches or any rifle with a barrel length less than
16 inches, or any pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun with an overall length of less than 26 inches. The barrel length of a firearm shall be determined
by measuring from the muzzle of the barrel to
the face of the closed action, bolt or cylinder, whichever is applicable.
|18 Pa.C.S. § 6102
|Concealed carry on grounds of a school?
||Yes. 18 P.S. 912(c) “other lawful purpose” protected licensed concealed carry at schools unrelated to school activities.
||18 P.S. 912(c) and Commonwealth v. Goslin, 2017 PA Super 38 (February 16, 2017).
|Agencies allowed to regulate firearms?
||No. Some agencies don’t acknowledge this or believe they have a work around or additional authority permitting regulation of firearms.
||18 Pa. C.S. 6109(m.3)(2)
|Castle Doctrine (in home or business)/Stand YourGround Law (elsewhere)?
||Yes. To protect self, others or property, there is no longer a duty to retreat from a place where you have a right to be if the attacker has a visible weapon and you reasonably fear attacker will use deadly force or cause great bodily harm.
||18 Pa.C.S. § 505, 506 and 507
|Duty to Retreat?
||Yes, but only narrowly required and only if retreat can be accomplished in “absolute safety.” Not required to retreat when Castle Doctrine applies.
||Explained under 18 Pa.C.S. § 505, but functionally limited for law abiding behavior by 18 Pa.C.S. § 505(b)(2.3), 506 and 507.
|Mandatory reporting of mental health event?
||Yes. Event must be reported to Pennsylvania State Police within seven days on form developed by Pennsylvania State Police.
||18 Pa.C.S. § 6111.1(f)(2)