Originally Posted by MLeake
Is that new, AB? PA used to have a specific exemption for cities of the first class, which I think was defined as having a population over 1 million - and only Philly meets that criteria. Has this exemption changed, recently?
The exception Philly has is for open carry [only]. If you can own a firearm, you may lawfully openly carry it on foot without a license. The exception to this is in a City of the First Class (1 million residents), you are required to have a license to Open Carry
. Philly is the ONLY First Class city in PA.
The state has "preemption" meaning:
(a) General rule. No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components when carried or transported for purposes not prohibited by the laws of this commonwealth.
...and that includes Philly.
Aguila Blanca is correct that Philly does tend to abuse the character clause and deny issuing a LTCF for just about anything, including unpaid parking tickets.
To the OP: I do not see it as abuse as others have said...just another option.