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I own a handgun hunted with it a few times. But circumstances now I wish to carry for personal protection. According to Pa laws what can I do and can not do with that permit ? Other than the obvious , banks , courts ,etc. If I think I'm in threatining situation at what point is it legal to brahnish (sp) your weapon ?
 

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I dont think anyone can tell you that answer. Even in the worst case scenario if you do it you will be charged with something. You need to talk to an attorney, not a bunch of people on a forum board. Just remember no matter what the situation, a jury of your peers just might find you guilty.
 

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Harrysigafoo said:
"...what can I do and can not do with that permit ? "

Do you mean the hunting pistol permit???
Carrying for personal protection..

Ok I'll have to look into this some more.. alot of BS to go through...
 

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I think he means with a LTCF. And with a PA LTCF you CAN carry into banks, and to the county courthouse (they will just have you check it at the door).

You can not carry on:
Private Property (if they say so)
Post Office
Schools
Airports
Casinos
Some State Buildings
Military establishments
Federal Gov Buildings
Prisons
Mental Hospitals
etc
etc

Check out PAFOA for some more details or fell free to ask any questions.


As for pulling your weapon, its good practice IMO to never pull the weapon until you know you will be firing.
 

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An LTCF does not require "a lot of BS to go through". PA is a shall issue state, that means that they MUST issue you a LTCF as long as you're not a felon, etc. PA is an easy state to get an LTCF. Just make sure your references pick up the phone, and you're good. When they called my references the conversation went exactly like this: "(monotone voice) Hello, you were listed as a reference on an application by Mr. _____ for a license to carry firearms. Is there any reason why Mr. _____ should not have a license to carry a concealed firearm in the State of Pennsylvania?" "No, hes a good guy" "Thank you. *click". Pretty simple.

Keep this is mind when carrying- Now there is a gun at any situation you might get involved in. Can your gun be taken away? Yes. Keep that in mind, there is ALWAYS a gun involved now. If you pull your weapon out, expect a lawsuit. If you fire your weapon, expect every round to equal a lawsuit. Don't show it to people, don't brandish it. That eliminates the point of a concealed weapon.

Practice with it out to 25 feet. Practice with a flashlight and carry one. A gun at night is useless unless you can identify your target. The two go hand in hand for self defense.
 

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First of all you never brandish a forearm. If the circumstances are that a reasonable person would believe that serious bodily injury or death was eminent you can draw and point your weapon. Remember, just the act of pointing a weapon is a crime if it was not justified.
 

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From your questions I would recommend 2 things. Bone up on PA carry laws. And take a defensive handgun course. Neither is required but It will boost your confidence, safety, and knowledge of the responsibility that comes with carrying. You can never know too much or practice too much when it comes to carrying a gun. Ok, Ok, 3 things.... practice what you learn, a lot.
 

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John S said:
First of all you never brandish a forearm. If the circumstances are that a reasonable person would believe that serious bodily injury or death was eminent you can draw and point your weapon. Remember, just the act of pointing a weapon is a crime if it was not justified.
+1 perfectly said
 

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the answers you seek can be found here... pafoa link
NiceRack! said:
I own a handgun hunted with it a few times. But circumstances now I wish to carry for personal protection. According to Pa laws what can I do and can not do with that permit ? Other than the obvious , banks , courts ,etc. If I think I'm in threatining situation at what point is it legal to brahnish (sp) your weapon ?
 

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There's a lot of good info here... well done. I would like to suggest that if you have a handgun that is addequate for hunting, you probably don't want to use it as a carry pistol. Carrying even a small pistol all day takes a long time in which to get accustomed. I'll also submit a bit of wisdom I was given as a young buck in the Army, "A side arm is a device used to buy you enough time to get to a real weapon."
 

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Technically you can show your weapon all day long if you want as long as your not pointing it at someone. PA is an open carry state. As far as pointing it at someone or shooting them it gets pretty tricky. Take a self defense course if you can and always remember A.O.I. (ABILITY,OPPORTUNITY & INTENT) with AOI your covered!!
Opportunity= A person has the immediate opportunity to cause serious physical harm

Ability= Same person has the ability, be it from physical stature to intended victim or some sort of weapon.

Intent= Through actions or words they have presented intent to exercise the ability and opportunity to cause such harm

and last but not least try to avoid those situations!!!
 

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Get a small, bright flashlight and carry it with your weapon. Most circumstances involving self defense with a gun happen at night. You can't shoot what you can't see. Carry with the light, practice shooting with the light. Bright flashlights make it difficult for an attacker to see (obviously) and are a level of deterent in themselves.
 
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