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.

  1. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 912. ⤴︎
  2. 24 Pa. Stat. § 13-1302-C. ⤴︎
  3. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 912(c). ⤴︎
  4. 34 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 2505(a), (c). ⤴︎