How can I lose my license to carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania?

How can I lose my license to carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania?


In our last post (Can I get a license to carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania?), we listed all of the federal-based and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania-based reasons that could stop someone from getting a License to Carry a Firearm in Pennsylvania.

Once you have the License, it is good for 5 years with the possibility of renewal.

Once the License is granted there are only certain limited ways that a Sheriff can seek to have your License revoked. We find these reasons in Title 18 Section 6109 Subsection (i).

(i)  Revocation.–A license to carry firearms may be revoked by the issuing authority for good cause. A license to carry firearms shall be revoked by the issuing authority for any reason stated in subsection (e)(1) which occurs during the term of the permit. Notice of revocation shall be in writing and shall state the specific reason for revocation. Notice shall be sent by certified mail to the individual whose license is revoked, and, at that time, notice shall also be provided to the Pennsylvania State Police by electronic means, including e-mail or facsimile transmission, that the license is no longer valid. An individual whose license is revoked shall surrender the license to the issuing authority within five days of receipt of the notice. An individual whose license is revoked may appeal to the court of common pleas for the judicial district in which the individual resides. An individual who violates this section commits a summary offense.

Subsection (e)(1) reads:

(i)  An individual whose character and reputation is such that the individual would be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety.

(ii)  An individual who has been convicted of an offense under the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64), known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.

(iii)  An individual convicted of a crime enumerated in section 6105.

(iv)  An individual who, within the past ten years, has been adjudicated delinquent for a crime enumerated in section 6105 or for an offense under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.

(v)  An individual who is not of sound mind or who has ever been committed to a mental institution.

(vi)  An individual who is addicted to or is an unlawful user of marijuana or a stimulant, depressant or narcotic drug.

(vii)  An individual who is a habitual drunkard.

(viii)  An individual who is charged with or has been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year except as provided for in section 6123 (relating to waiver of disability or pardons). [Blogger’s note: N.B. that Section 6102 of the Uniform Firearms Act defines “Crime punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year.” The term does not include any of the following: (1)  Federal or State offenses pertaining to antitrust, unfair trade practices, restraints on trade or regulation of business. (2)  State offenses classified as misdemeanors and punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed two years. So it would require a conviction or accusation of a Pennsylvania misdemeanor of the second degree or higher.]

(ix)  A resident of another state who does not possess a current license or permit or similar document to carry a firearm issued by that state if a license is provided for by the laws of that state, as published annually in the Federal Register by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms of the Department of the Treasury under 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(19) (relating to definitions).

(x)  An alien who is illegally in the United States.

(xi)  An individual who has been discharged from the armed forces of the United States under dishonorable conditions.

(xii)  An individual who is a fugitive from justice. This subparagraph does not apply to an individual whose fugitive status is based upon nonmoving or moving summary offense under Title 75 (relating to vehicles).

(xiii)  An individual who is otherwise prohibited from possessing, using, manufacturing, controlling, purchasing, selling or transferring a firearm as provided by section 6105.

(xiv)  An individual who is prohibited from possessing or acquiring a firearm under the statutes of the United States.