Pennsylvania has enacted modest gun safety laws in recent years but still has significant room for improvement, earning a C+ on our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Pennsylvania requires background checks on all handgun sales, including at gun shows, but does not extend this requirement to long guns. In 2017, Pennsylvania had the 25th-lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at around the national average rate. In addition to expanding its background checks laws, Pennsylvania legislators should consider funding community violence intervention programs and passing an extreme risk protection order law.

State Law Background

Among other things, Pennsylvania:

However, Pennsylvania does not:

In 2017, Pennsylvania had the 25th lowest gun death rate among the states. Pennsylvania supplied crime guns to other states at a similar rate to the national average. Pennsylvania also exported more crime guns than it imported.

Pennsylvania Firearms Laws

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