Weapons crimes are taken very seriously in Pennsylvania. However, as noted by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania maintains laws governing the right of an individual to lawfully carry a concealed firearm on his body or in a vehicle. A weapons charge for violation of the relevant law can result in a conviction of a felony of the third degree. A primary way to comply with this weapons law is to secure a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms, often referred to as a concealed carry permit.
Generally, applications are obtained from and the licenses are issued by the Sheriff in the county where the applicant resides. There are many exceptions to the requirement to secure this particular license, including reference to individuals within certain law enforcement occupations and on-duty active military members. Members of other occupations may also enjoy circumstantial exception, as do licensed hunters.