Pennsylvania does not specifically regulate gun shows. However, it does regulate where and how private persons may transfer handguns and short-barreled rifles and shotguns to unlicensed transferees.1 Pennsylvania law specifies that the place of business for a retail dealer includes a lawful gun show or meet.2 Since a transfer of a handgun must be carried out at the place of business of a licensed dealer,3 a private person may transfer a handgun to an unlicensed transferee at a gun show. However, the private seller must have a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer or county sheriff’s office perform a background check on the prospective purchaser.4 The licensee must also follow all other dealer regulations specified in the Pennsylvania Dealer Regulations section before transferring the handgun.5
See also the Pennsylvania Private Sales section for state laws that apply at gun shows.
See our Gun Shows policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.