Legal Information: Pennsylvania

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
May 25, 2017

If the abuser's gun is taken away, what will happen to it?

If the abuser is ordered to give up his guns at the court hearing for a final PFA, s/he must give them up within 24 hours of the time the judge makes the order.  In the case of an ex parte temporary order, s/he must give them up within 24 hours of the time s/he receives a copy of the order.*  The abuser can give the guns to the local sheriff, to a third party for safekeeping, or to a licensed dealer for safekeeping or sale.  If the abuser gives his/her guns to the sheriff or to a third party, that person will keep them until the PFA expires.  If the abuser gives them to a licensed dealer, s/he can ask that the dealer to keep them until the PFA expires, or s/he can ask that the dealer sell them.**

* 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 6108(a)(7)
** 23 Pa.C.S.A. §§§ 6108.3; 6108.2; 6108.1