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§ 2503. Loaded firearms in vehicles

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 34 Pa.C.S.A. Game

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 34 Pa.C.S.A. Game (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 25. Protection of Property and Persons
Subchapter A. Protection of Property
34 Pa.C.S.A. § 2503
§ 2503. Loaded firearms in vehicles
(a) General rule.--Except as otherwise provided in this title, it is unlawful for any person to have a firearm of any kind in or on or against any conveyance propelled by mechanical power or its attachments at any time whether or not the vehicle or its attachment is in motion unless the firearm is unloaded.
(b) Exceptions.--This section shall not be construed to apply to:
(1) A police officer engaged in the performance of his official duty.
(2) A commission officer engaged in the performance of his duty.
(3) A person carrying a loaded pistol or revolver when in possession of a valid firearms license issued by the chief or head of any police force or the sheriff of a county when the license is issued for protection under 18 Pa.C.S. Ch. 61 Subch. A (relating to Uniform Firearms Act).
(4) Any person as defined in section 2121(c) (relating to killing game or wildlife to protect property) while on lands they control and when not hunting or trapping for game or wildlife.
(5) Any motorboat or other craft having a motor attached or any sailboat if the motor has been completely shut off or the sail furled and its progress therefrom has ceased.
(6) Any political subdivision, its employees or agents, which has a valid deer control permit issued under section 2902(c) (relating to general categories of permits).
The exceptions in paragraphs (1) through (5) do not apply when attempting to locate game or wildlife with an artificial light or when exercising any privileges granted by this title which may be exercised only when not in the possession of a firearm.
(c) Penalty.--A violation of this section is a summary offense of the fourth degree if the vehicle is in motion. Otherwise the violation is a summary offense of the fifth degree.


1986, July 8, P.L. 442, No. 93, § 1, effective July 1, 1987. Amended 1996, March 29, P.L. 41, No. 13, § 1, imd. effective; 1996, Dec. 19, P.L. 1442, No. 184, § 8, effective in 60 days.
34 Pa.C.S.A. § 2503, PA ST 34 Pa.C.S.A. § 2503
Current through Act 13 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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