Pennsylvania generally prohibits the possession of firearms in the buildings of, on the grounds of, or in any conveyance providing transportation to or from any elementary or secondary publicly-funded educational institution, any elementary or secondary private school licensed by the Department of Education or any elementary or secondary parochial school.1 However, schools may apply to a court to allow certain security personnel–including law enforcement officers employed by the school and independent contractors–who have met specified training standards to carry firearms.2
In addition, a defense to the statute exists where the weapon is possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course or “is possessed for other lawful purpose.”3
State law prohibits hunting with a firearm in a “safety zone,” defined as an area within 150 yards of “any attached or detached playground of any school, nursery school or day-care center.”4
Holders of a license to carry a firearm are subject to these location limits.
See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.