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Old April 26, 2018, 08:49 PM   #1
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PA Gun Law - New Resident Purchasing

Hey all!

I recently moved to PA from NJ and became a PA resident on 2/7/2018.

I applied for my LTC in PA and picked it up today without any issue.

I went to a local gun shop to purchase my first gun as a PA resident and was denied sale due to not being a PA resident for 90+ days.

I have multiple guns and a LTC. I searched online for a while trying to confirm this 90 day rule and can’t find anything that pertains to my situation.

I have lived in the US my entire life.

Can anyone confirm this 90 day residency rule to purchase a firearm in PA?

Thanks in advance for your help, it will hopefully ease my frustration!
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Old April 26, 2018, 09:34 PM   #2
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I'm not a lawyer. That said. I have never heard of such a law.
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Old April 27, 2018, 01:55 AM   #3
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No such law or requirement like that in PA, other than being a resident alien I think. In other words, if you move here from another country....not have to have lived in this country for 90 days.
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Old April 27, 2018, 04:24 AM   #4
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Was it NICS or the LGS denying the sale?
IF it was the LGS, and there really isn't any such rule or regulation in PA, then maybe you just got a little insight regarding who not to do business with.
Of course the LGS has the final say, as they should.
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Old April 27, 2018, 06:44 AM   #5
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I can buy a rifle anywhere in the usa (except conn, and some wait period states have a wait), what kind of gun are you unable to purchase in PA? I though PA was pretty "normal" for these things? You never know with gun laws.

I would have already tried another gun shop.
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Old April 27, 2018, 07:46 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by GC556
Can anyone confirm this 90 day residency rule to purchase a firearm in PA?
I’ve been working at LGSs for several years now, but I’m new to PA. So I have a very good understanding of federal gun laws but I’m not as knowledgeable when it comes to PA gun laws. That said, the owners of the LGS where I currently work have several decades of combined experience running gun shops in PA. This shop is very well run and everything is done by the book. And so far I haven’t heard of any 90-day residency requirement to buy a gun. I’m fairly certain that if that were actually a real law, the owners would have mentioned it by now.

Originally Posted by GC556
I recently moved to PA from NJ and became a PA resident on 2/7/2018.
Just to clarify: For the purposes of buying a firearm under federal law, you became a PA resident the moment you set foot in this state with the intention of living here. And I’m not aware of any PA law that says otherwise, but like I said, I’m not an expert in PA firearms law.
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