In violent crimes cases in Pennsylvania, firearms are not to be carried in a concealed fashion without the possession of a permit. The second amendment of the United States constitution guarantees that citizens have the right to bear arms. It is one of the most fundamental rights that we have. Firearm companies have made firearms more compact as technology advances which allows them to be easily concealed on an individual’s body. However, in Pennsylvania you need to obtain a permit in order to do so. If you do not obtain a permit and carry a firearm on your person, you can be charged in violation of section 6106 of the Pa criminal code. The statute states that an individual who carries a firearm in their vehicle or concealed on their person except in their place of abode or fixed place of business without a permit, is in violation of section. There are a number of important elements that make up this statute. To start with, the location of the firearm matters. As stated in the statute if it is concealed on your person or inside your vehicle such as in a glove box and you do not have the proper permit, that constitutes a violation of this section. Another important element to this statute is the exceptions.
This statue dealing with violent crimes such as Firearms not to be carried without a permit states that if you are in your house, you are permitted to carry firearms without a permit. Many firearm owners use the firearms for home protection and do not carry one when they leave the house. The statute also makes an exception to this statute if you are in your fixed place of business. Other exceptions to this statute are police officers, individuals in the military, and individuals who deal with money such as bankers. Another exception to this statute, for just the average person is if you are going to or from target practice. The firearm cannot be loaded though. Carrying a firearm without a license is a felony of the third degree. If, however, you are carrying a firearm without a permit, but you are eligible to obtain one, it becomes a misdemeanor of the first degree. Still a very serious penalty but its downgraded to a misdemeanor. If you have been charged in violation of this statute it is important to seek legal representation due to the serious nature of the penalties if found guilty. The attorneys at the Bellwoar Kelly, LLP are experienced attorneys who will fight for the best possible outcome given the facts of your case.