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  • Glad I could help. It is sad that public servants choose to make up their own rules rather than following the rule of law.

    By the way, PA no longer recognizes non-resident Utah licenses so if you want to carry in PA be sure to keep it renewed in addition to your Utah license (or have another state that PA does recognize, of course).
    For Ohioans, an Ohio CHL and a non-resident Pa. LTCF covers everything the Ohio+Utah does.
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    • Glad I could help. It is sad that public servants choose to make up their own rules rather than following the rule of law.

      By the way, PA no longer recognizes non-resident Utah licenses so if you want to carry in PA be sure to keep it renewed in addition to your Utah license (or have another state that PA does recognize, of course).
      For Ohioans, an Ohio CHL and a non-resident Pa. LTCF covers everything the Ohio+Utah does.

      Indeed - and then some. The OH+PA combination covers everything an Ohio resident can get without acquiring specific states one at a time (like NH, etc.)
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      • We just picked up our PA non-resident permits today while in Gettysburg, Adams Co. Dropped paperwork off yesterday morning with no promises. Normally it takes a week to get approval, then they send a letter saying approved or not and you have 30 days to return a pick up your permit as Adams Co won't mail the permits. Must have got lucky my wife was getting hers also.

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        • I just returned from a business trip to PA and I finally got my Non-resident PA permit. I can't say enough about the Jefferson county Sheriff and all those I encountered in his office. I actually stopped into the Brookville PA office about a month ago on a separate trip. I filled out the paperwork, they snapped my photo and had me sign electronically. I handed over my $20 and my Ohio CHL and DL. After about five minutes the lady working on the permit said that unfortunately the system was down so she would have to mail the license to me. I did not ask directly but it sounded as she may have planned on handing me the permit right away.

          I ran into the sheriff on the way out and thanked home personally for issuing the out of state permit and he stated that "everyone should carry" and mentioned he also owned the gun store in town. I chuckled and said he may be a bit biased :egrin: .

          The next week I expected the CHL to show up and it never did. My wife received a call early the next week from a very apologetic lady stating that she made a mistake and did not save my photo and signature so she could not finish the process. It was an honest mistake and I understand that things happen. So I was over there again today on business and I stopped by the office. The lady recognized me, apologized 3 more times, took my photo and my signature again and handed me my permit. I was in and out in 7 minutes.

          Can't say enough about. Jefferson County and I will be sending the Sheriff a note of appreciation via email later tonight.
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          -- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.

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          • Thanks for the report wildeone, sure sounds like a good county to use - especially being so close to I80.
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            • I just returned from a business trip to PA and I finally got my Non-resident PA permit. I can't say enough about the Jefferson county Sheriff and all those I encountered in his office. I actually stopped into the Brookville PA office about a month ago on a separate trip. I filled out the paperwork, they snapped my photo and had me sign electronically. I handed over my $20 and my Ohio CHL and DL. After about five minutes the lady working on the permit said that unfortunately the system was down so she would have to mail the license to me. I did not ask directly but it sounded as she may have planned on handing me the permit right away.

              I ran into the sheriff on the way out and thanked home personally for issuing the out of state permit and he stated that "everyone should carry" and mentioned he also owned the gun store in town. I chuckled and said he may be a bit biased :egrin: .

              The next week I expected the CHL to show up and it never did. My wife received a call early the next week from a very apologetic lady stating that she made a mistake and did not save my photo and signature so she could not finish the process. It was an honest mistake and I understand that things happen. So I was over there again today on business and I stopped by the office. The lady recognized me, apologized 3 more times, took my photo and my signature again and handed me my permit. I was in and out in 7 minutes.

              Can't say enough about. Jefferson County and I will be sending the Sheriff a note of appreciation via email later tonight.

              glad it worked out in the end!
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              • When I was searching for a PA county nearby that would grant non-resident licenses, I found that the Venango County Sheriff's Office was the closest (I'm in Akron). Bring your Ohio license, cash, and they'll issue your license after you present a completed application and they run a background check. About ten minutes later I walked out with my PA Non-Resident Permit.

                Of course all this may become a moot point if U.S. Senate Bill 498 or it's identical bill, H.R.986 passes.
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                • Crawford County (Sheriff office in Meadville) would also have been a good choice - not sure if it would have been any closer though.
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                  • ...some great news, PA is now honoring OH CHLs (category 2 reciprocity) (thanks to HB234 now in effect):

                    https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/Medi...ty_Agreements/
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                    • That's great news, although I'd still get the PA license because it opens up the possibility for carrying in more states.

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                      • That's great news, although I'd still get the PA license because it opens up the possibility for carrying in more states.

                        Right now, with an Ohio license issued or renewed before March 23 the only states PA adds are WI and TX. Certainly, to some those are important enough to get or maintain their PA non-resident license (like I have). But, once you have a license issued or renewed after March 23 (and once TX is official) there will be no direct benefit for someone with an Ohio license to get or maintain a PA non-resident license.
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                        • I know this is a dead thread, but I figured I'd try to update it a bit. I am an admin at Pennsylvania's comparable website - PAFOA. While I just joined recently, I have lurked quite a bit.


                          In or around 2011 the Pennsylvania State Police changed and updated the licensing system. All counties were to use the same equipment and format, and all of those machines would interface directly with the PSP's database. This also required that your state issued ID be "read" by the machine to properly identify you, and for a digital picture be taken - so this eliminated the ability to do your application/renewal completely via mail. You must appear in person now. However some counties will only require you to appear at the application, others after you have been approved and you wish to pick up your new LTCF.

                          The fee is set in law at $20, and the application is a single sheet of paper. One side has the area where you fill it out, the other side has a list of disqualifiers. Any county that goes beyond the $20 or number of pages is in violation of PA law and is guilty of a 1st Degree Misdemeanor punishable by 5 years in prison. Sheriffs still have only 45 days to issue or deny, but many issue right over the counter after you passed the instant background check.

                          I know a number of folks from OH has hit up PAFOA's "Contact" form about OH/PA reciprocity.. ..Yes, PA did grant statutory reciprocity to OH because of OH's law recognizing all other state licenses(including PA). It is not a formal agreement, it is a statement from the PA Attorney General that PA WILL honor OH. PAFOA's reciprocity page is out of date, and only one person can change it. Unfortunately he is working abroad and it will not be feasible for quite some time. PAFOA suggests that you use the PA Attorney General website or handgunlaw.us for reciprocity concerns.

                          With reciprocity in place, the need for OH residents to have a PA LTCF is much lower, but it still has its advantages. One being exemption from the Federal GFSZA.

                          PAFOA's list of counties that include info on which are friendly to issuing to non-residents is under the same issues as our reciprocity page. It is pretty much the golden rule that Centre County will issue(well as long as Sheriff Nau is still in office). My home county, Jefferson, is also friendly. You all have covered many of the others that are known. But, sheriff's are elected positions, so thing can change every 4 years.

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                          • Welcome to BFA. Thanks for your contribution of knowledge about Pennsylvania's laws.

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