Pennsylvania law prohibits a licensed firearms dealer from transferring a handgun or short-barreled rifle or shotgun unless he or she provides the transferee with a locking device, the transferee purchases a locking device, or the design of the handgun incorporates a locking device.1 “Locking device” is defined as either: 1) a device that, when installed on a firearm, is designed to prevent the firearm from being operated without first deactivating the device; or 2) a device that is incorporated into the design of a firearm and that is designed to prevent the operation of the firearm by anyone not having access to the device.2

Note that federal law contains a similar provision.

See our Locking Devices policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6142. This section does not apply to transfers to law enforcement or among licensed dealers. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6142(a)-(b). Nor does it apply to transfers of “antique firearms,” which generally includes firearms manufactured on or before 1898, or those with a matchlock, flintlock or percussion cap type of ignition system, or any replica of such firearms. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6118. ⤴︎
  2. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6142(f). ⤴︎