New Hope, PA asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: What do I say to a police officer if I am stopped for open carrying a firearm in Pennsylvania?

Outside the city of Philadelphia

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Do you have a license to carry a firearm? While open carry is legal outside of Philadelphia, most police take a dim view of it, may stop you, ask where you are going, give your vehicle a look to see if there are any violations at all, will check the size of your magazine--and may take their time doing it. In short, you will be a cop and complaint magnet, and if you have an attitude about it they may turn it into a disorderly conduct or threat violation. You'll perhaps do a disservice to the gun owners of Pennsylvania, but ........ you want to ask yourself "why?"

If it's just to aggravate people, be sure you will get as much aggravation back as you give. And don't have your hands anywhere near the trigger. Don't even think of that.

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