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Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: 3D, Luzerne County
PA law states it is illegal to have a weapon on school property. The clause "unless possessed for other lawful purpose" has not be defined by the courts. Many people, myself included view a LTCF as being a lawful purpose. If a rifle team can have a firearm on school grounds, then it should stand to reason that a person with a LTCF would be legal too.
Even if a primary or secondary school (K-12) were to have a policy, it wouldn't matter as there is no punishment for an outside person violating policy.
Colleges and universities have "no gun" policies, however there would be no punishment for a non-student. A student would probably be expelled.
So, to answer your question, yes you could be charged with violating the law. which is an M2 and face up to 5 years in jail. You could work the case through the court system and set case law once and for all what a "lawful purpose" is, but not too many people have the money for that.
Incidentally, while you would be in violation of PA law, you would NOT be in violation of the Federal Gun Free School Zone Act because you possess a license, issued by the state, which is the same state of the school and the license required you to undergo a background check.
So, with a LTCF and school property;
LTCF + school property = probable violation of PA law.
LTCF + school property = no violation of Federal law.