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I just moved down here to Canonsburg, PA from Michigan, and would like to get a CCW. Any suggestions/recommendations on who has the best deals for CCW classes?
 

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dont need a class in PA...your county sheriff issues the license to carry firearms...

im sure there are classes you can take...but not required..
 

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Really!? So all I need to do is go to the sheriffs office, then I'll be able to carry a concealed weapon. Wow, I wish Michigan was like that, the CCW cost about $280 all said and done.

Thanks guys
 

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you will need valid PA identification so make sure you have your PA drivers license
 

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Most counties you can print out the form onlie,send it in and they'll notify you when your app is approved.Go to the courthouse for your pic and you're good to go.
 

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yep...be much easier once you get your PA residency..(however that works..)

fee is pretty small..20-30$ give or take (forget off the top of my head and varies a bit i believe...and good for...5 or so years..(forget that off the top of my head as well lol...)
 

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You will need two references. Some counties want local references.
True, however the "local" aspect is illegal.

By law, the sheriffs are supposed to follow said law, however..........requiring your references to be local, or having them actually sign the application (Luzerne Co does this) is in violation of the law. There is no law requiring your references to be local.....or sign the application. Of course the Sheriff's will argue this with you.

§ 6109. Licenses

(a) Purpose of license.--A license to carry a firearm shall be for the purpose of carrying a firearm concealed on or about one's person or in a vehicle throughout this Commonwealth.

(b) Place of application.--An individual who is 21 years of age or older may apply to a sheriff for a license to carry a firearm concealed on or about his person or in a vehicle within this Commonwealth. If the applicant is a resident of this Commonwealth, he shall make application with the sheriff of the county in which he resides or, if a resident of a city of the first class, with the chief of police of that city.

(c) Form of application and content.--The application for a license to carry a firearm shall be uniform throughout this Commonwealth and shall be on a form prescribed by the Pennsylvania State Police. The form may contain provisions, not exceeding one page, to assure compliance with this section. Issuing authorities shall use only the application form prescribed by the Pennsylvania State Police. One of the following reasons for obtaining a firearm license shall be set forth in the application: self-defense, employment, hunting and fishing, target shooting, gun collecting or another proper reason. The application form shall be dated and signed by the applicant and shall contain the following statement:.......
 

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Here is the link for two sheriff's depts, Bulter and Luzerne County. The applications for the license to carry firearms are in .pdf files.

In the Butler County application, Box #30-references, there is no mention of them having to sign the form.

However, in the Luzerne County application, Bow #29-references, you will notice the addition of "must be signed". Illegal.....and NOT required.

http://www.sheriffofbutlercounty.com/functions/firearms.html

http://www.luzernecounty.org/county/row_offices/sheriff/gun_permit_division
 

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Alleghany Dept. No mention of references having to sign the application, however.......in the instructions......it says the references must live in PA. Again.......that is an illegal requirement added by the sheriff.

http://www.sheriffalleghenycounty.com/firearms.html

Berks County. Nothing about references having to sign the application, or be residents of PA.

http://www.co.berks.pa.us/sheriff/cwp/view.asp?a=1390&Q=459833&PM=1

Columbia County. No signing, no required state residency. (By the way, I went to the police academy with this sheriff!)

http://www.sheriffofcolumbiacounty.com/functions/firearms.html
 

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StrightShooter said:
I just moved down here to Canonsburg, PA from Michigan, and would like to get a CCW. Any suggestions/recommendations on who has the best deals for CCW classes?
Before the LTCF police arive I just wanted to let ya know that it's not really a CCW, its a LTCF. Potatos Potatas.

Down here in Lancaster our sherrif will issue them same day.
 

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Welcome to Pa. first off and yes, Keystone is right about it being a License to Carry Firearms or LTCF and not a CCW.

Just go to your local sheriffs office and fill out the application. When you fill it out, make sure you mark the box for self defense. Some sheriffs applications has a line beside the self-defense box and ask you to explain why you want it for self-defense. It is not a legal question so just leave the line blank.

Although no matter what is listed on the actual license, it doesn't matter, as the LTCF is valid for all lawful purposes: To conceal, to carry in a vehicle, to OC in Philly and to carry in a declared emergency.
 
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