The law penalizing carrying a firearm without a license, Section 6106, is similar to Section 6105 in that both laws tend to be complex in their application outlining who’s subject and who’s exempt from the laws.


What’s important to understand regarding the crime of a carrying a firearm without a license is that the mere unlicensed carry of a firearm is not itself illegal, rather carrying a firearm in a vehicle or concealed on or about one’s person, without a license, is what the law criminalizes.


The offense is graded either as a third-degree felony, or a first-degree misdemeanor if the person “is otherwise eligible to possess a valid license” under 18 Pa.C.S. § 6109.


If you or a loved one is charged with carrying a firearm without a license, call Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney, Ryan H. James, who has tried and argued these cases with successful results.  Attorney James can be personally reached at 412-977-1827, or by e-mail at