Legal Information: Pennsylvania

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
May 25, 2017

I am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?

It depends.  If you have a PFA order in which the judge told the abuser to give up his firearms, it would be illegal for the abuser to have a gun.*


Also, even if you don’t have a PFA order, it may be illegal for the abuser to have a gun if s/he has been convicted of certain drug crimes, felony crimes (including stalking, assault, kidnapping, and many others), is a fugitive from justice, or has been declared mentally incompetent.**  For more information, go to If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can he keep a gun or buy a new gun?


Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict a person's right to have a gun under certain circumstances such as when the abuser has been convicted of certain domestic violence-related crimes or if you have an order of protection against the abuser that meets certain requirements.  Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.


* 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6105(c)(6)

** 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6105(b) & (c)