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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 17, 2019 11:44 AM
From: Senator Vincent J. Hughes and Sen. Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Requiring a Firearms Safety or Training Course as a Condition of Obtaining a Concealed Carry Permit
In the near future we plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 116 from last session.

This legislation amends the Uniform Firearms Act to require an individual to complete a firearms safety or training course as a condition of being issued a Concealed Carry Permit. Our legislation is based on a similar requirement in the State of Florida. Acceptable courses would be any of the following:
  • Any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Pennsylvania Game Commission or a similar agency of another state;
  • Any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course;
  • Any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement, an educational institution, a private or public institution or organization or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association, the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission, or the Pennsylvania State Police;
  • Any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for law enforcement or security enforcement personnel;
  • Evidence of equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competition or military service; or
  • Any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor.
Please join us in sponsoring this legislation.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Deery at 717-787-7112 or Michael.Deery@pasenate.com or Matt Franchak at 717-787-5662 or Matthew.Franchak@pasenate.com.

Introduced as SB195