PENNSYLVANIA 

FIREARM PURCHASE REQUIREMENTS

Military Personnel

Active military personnel permanently stationed in Pennsylvania are treated as Pennsylvania residents for the purchase of a handgun.

  • Identification and residency are established by the following:
    • a military photo I.D. issued by the United States Department of Defense
    • proof that Pennsylvania is the permanent duty station via current military assignment orders

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What do I need to bring to purchase an "assault firearm?" 

An "assault firearm" is defined as any semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped with a magazine which will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock.


In Pennsylvania an "assault firearm" is treated the same as any other long rifle. There are no special requirements for purchase.

What do I need to bring to purchase a firearm?

You need one (1) form of I.D.

  • One must be a government issued State photo I.D. with current address
    • an original, not a copy
    • must be obtained at least 30 days prior to attempted purchase

The state police run a program called PICS (Pennsylvania Instant Check System) for background checks to determine if the individual is eligible to acquire/purchase a firearm or still be considered eligible to possess a "License to Carry a Concealed Firearm."

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