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.

  • Universal background checks for handguns

  • State databases used for firearm background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Straw purchase prohibition

  • State collection and maintenance of handgun sale records

  • Handguns sold with locking device

  • Universal background checks for long guns

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Ammunition sale regulation

  • Gun owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Child access prevention law

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Extreme risk protection order law