Pennsylvania.......CC or OC or both ?

Pennsylvania.......CC or OC or both ?

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    Pennsylvania.......CC or OC or both ?

    I carry in Pa. under the strength of a Florida permit. With all the concern about having you weapon totally concealed in fear of someone in a store crapping out after spotting your CCW. What happens here in Pa. if your pistol becomes exposed and someone sees it.......Is this a OC state and does it really matter here ?


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    Pa is an oc state. I used to live in central pa and carried frequently there (cc). I had a friend though that oc'd pretty frequently. He only ever had one walmart employee ask him to cover it.

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    Exclamation Pa law

    PA is both a "shall issue" conceal carry ( with LTCF permit ) and an open carry state. The one exception is open carry in the city of Philadelphia ( Class 1 )

    More info for an out of state permit holder can be found on:

    Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association

    ( I personally carry all the laws of my state ( printed out ) with me in my car...just in case. )

    And here is a link to a flyer @ paopencarry forum...

    http://paopencarry.org/forum/your-pe...carry-t-4.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOOTER13 View Post
    The one exception is open carry in the city of Philadelphia ( Class 1 )
    For the sake of clarity, the exception is that a LTCF or license/permit from a state with which Pennsylvania has a reciprocity agreement is required for carrying openly in Philadelphia. Outside of Philadelphia, no license/permit is required for carrying openly.

    PAFOA, the site SHOOTER13 linked to, is a great source for PA specific information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xXxplosive View Post
    I carry in Pa. under the strength of a Florida permit. With all the concern about having you weapon totally concealed in fear of someone in a store crapping out after spotting your CCW. What happens here in Pa. if your pistol becomes exposed and someone sees it.......Is this a OC state and does it really matter here ?
    As long as you can legally possess the firearm, no license or permit (except for Philly) is needed to open carry in the state.

    You do need a license to carry or permit to carry or transport the weapon in your vehicle to places you want/need/desire to open carry.

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    Thanks for all the responses......so let me see if I got it straight.
    If I'm in a store or restaurant in PA and if by some reason someone see's that i have a firearm on me due to my jacket moving or my shirt lifting there is no problem as long as I have my CCL on me.....right ? Unlike states with no OC policy.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by xXxplosive View Post
    Thanks for all the responses......so let me see if I got it straight.
    If I'm in a store or restaurant in PA and if by some reason someone see's that i have a firearm on me due to my jacket moving or my shirt lifting there is no problem as long as I have my CCL on me.....right ? Unlike states with no OC policy.........
    Not quite. There's no guarantee that an uninformed citizen won't call the police. There's no guarantee that a LEO responding to such a call won't also be uninformed. You're legal, but there could still be a problem.

    I can tell you that I've been carrying a concealed pistol in Pennsylvania for 15 years and I've never had a problem. I don't worry about perfect concealment and no one's ever called the police on me.

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    Thanks.......................I always do my best to keep it concealed always. I believe the element of surprise is 90%...everything else is accuracy.

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