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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 4, 2021 11:44 AM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Requiring NRA Approved Training for Concealed Carry Permits
Pennsylvania has the fourth highest percentage of concealed firearm permits in the nation, with more than 1.4 million active licenses, equating to 14% of adults in the state. 

A reasonable assumption may be that permission to carry a concealed weapon would be accompanied by some proven level of proficiency with the weapon, but such is not the case and there are no training requirements. In Pennsylvania, any individual who is 21 years of age or older may apply for a license to carry by submitting an application to the sheriff of the county in which they reside along with the required fee. Upon completion of the sheriff’s investigation the permit is issued. 

As of today, 39 states require some level of gun safety training in order for someone to get a concealed carry permit. The requirements for training differ, but most states agree that understanding how to safely use a gun should be proven before a person is allowed to carry a concealed gun in public spaces. This requirement does not exist in Pennsylvania. 

Those who wish to carry a concealed firearm should have a baseline of training. A person who is unfamiliar with a live weapon in their hand can’t be expected to be competent and safe. 

Under my proposal, prior to being issued a license to carry a firearm concealed on or about one's person or in a vehicle, an applicant will be required to complete a minimum of six hours of a basic firearm training program with a certified firearms instructor approved by the National Rifle Association. 

I request your support in making sure those who conceal and carry have enough training to be competent with their weapon.

Introduced as HB451