The Reading Eagle notices that Berks County leads the state in gun sales. I believe that can be explained in one word: Cabela’s. The Sheriff has also reported that concealed carry licenses are up, like pretty much everywhere else. My father is now among that statistic, because I had him go get a license so he can safely transport the .22 pistol I lent him for target practice. Absent an License to Carry, Pennsylvania’s laws on transporting a handgun in a vehicle are technically as draconian as New Jersey’s. If you’re going to be transporting handguns in Pennsylvania, it’s just a good idea to have an LTC. Berks County issues on the spot as soon as you clear the PICS check.
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Those numbers might be more interesting as per-capita rates.
It’s surprising to see Pittsburgh higher than Lancaster County in gun sales, and its two surrounding counties also in the top ten. Very encouraging to see the second largest metro area in the state keeping up pace.
How? As far as I know PA only requires the gun to be unloaded in a vehicle.
NJ (as of 1990 when I got out anyways) was the gun must be unloaded and cased in a portion of the vehicle that cannot be accessed from the passenger compartment, ammo if carried along with the gun must be in a separate locked compartment.
It might be worse for NJ by now……
See 18 PaCs 6106. It’s illegal to carry a firearm in a vehicle generally, without a license to carry. If you don’t have an LTC, you must fall under the exemptions, which go:
What if you decide to stop for lunch on the way back from shooting? Or you’re a volunteer fire fighter, and respond to a call? Also, I lent him the pistol. I used my LTC to transport it out to his place. He can’t technically return it to me, because the “place of purchase” wasn’t my house.
If we can’t get ConCarry, we seriously need to reform the transport laws in PA.
I should note that a “firearm” in PA law is essentially a handgun (or SBR or SBS, technically). For long guns, it just needs to be unloaded.
I think legally you’d be in more trouble for ‘lending’ him the gun than he’d be for having it unloaded and in his car’s trunk.
18 Pa.C.S. Â§ 6115: Loans on, or lending or giving firearms prohibited
Would seem to be applicable, but I’m no lawyer.
You can lend a gun to someone if the loanee possess an LTC. Also, father-child transfers are legal in PA.
BTW, don’t get me wrong, I think everyone should have a LTC even if they don’t actually plan to carry.
If I sell a rifle/shotgun privately I really like to see a LTC over a DL, as the carry permit shows they pass a background check as well as live in the state.
Oh and under the 18 Pa.C.S. Â§ 6115 section there is no exception for family members that I see, but then again I’m not real fluent in legalize either. You may want to read it yourself as you seem to have a better grasp of the legalize than I do.
I think, and I stress think, because I’m not a lawyer…
nor, except as provided in subsection (b), shall any person lend or give a firearm to another or otherwise deliver a firearm contrary to the provisions of this subchapter.
Subchapter being the Uniform Firearms Act. I think what this says is a loan counts as a transfer, which means I can’t transfer without going through a dealer or sheriff, unless it’s my father or grandfather, mother or grandmother, spouse, son or daughter.
Or they have an LTC, as long as it’s a loan or a gift. LTCs don’t exempt you from a transfer of title.
It’s confusing, but that’s how I understand it. My understanding may be wrong, but I know you can lend a gun to someone if they have a license to carry.
Sorry, not gift. That’s a change of title, covered by other parts of the UFA. But a loan or a temporary transfer.
Aren’t laws wonderful!
An anti-gun person told me they were less regulated than teddy bears.
WooHoo! We’re #10!
Hey, for Clearfield, anything is worth celebrating!
I know a lot of people who drive 100+ miles to shop at Grices :-)
Personally I prefer Bob’s Army & Navy, but if they don’t have what I want I’ll go to Grice.
Used to drive from Jersey Shore/Lock Haven area to Grice’s when I had my gun shop in the mid 90’s, was cheaper than the shipping surcharges on powder and primers, and I picked up other stuff while I was there as well.
They do wholesale to FFL’s so even at Bob’s I’m probably buying from Grice indirectly!
About the only bright spot to living in Berks County is our totally bro tier sheriff.
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