Pennsylvania Constitutional Carry Bill Moves Ahead

Gun rights advocates gather at the Pennsylvania capital building in Harrisburg last week in support of permitless carry.

The Pennsylvania legislature will soon be evaluating a proposal to allow constitutional carry—the legal carrying of a firearm without a permit—for its residents. House Bill 230 has passed the state Judiciary Committee, according to this story on concealednation.org.

The committee will now look at the potential ramifications of repealing multiple laws related to the concealed carry permitting process that is currently in place. Pennsylvania is already an open carry state, as well as a “shall issue” state when it comes to CCW permits. The fact that you don’t need a permit to carry openly in Pennsylvania means that, if an openly carried firearm were accidentally concealed, the carrier would be committing a crime.

If the bill is approved by the House and a companion bill passes the state Senate, Pennsylvania will likely join the many states that currently have constitutional carry laws.

Gun rights advocates rallied at the state Capitol in Harrisburg last week in support of the bill, according to this story frompennlive.com.

The story includes a poll asking readers if they advocate or oppose the new bill.

At the time of this article’s posting, of 2,618 responses, 77.89% say the permitting system should be done away with and that they want permitless concealed carry.

States that currently allow concealed carry without a permithttp://www.range365.com/west-virginia-becomes-constitutional-carry-state include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Vermont, Wyoming, and most recently, West Virginia.

At the moment, only 15 states require a permit to openly carry a handgun.