Pennsylvania Gun Bill of Sale Form

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Updated June 01, 2022

A Pennsylvania gun bill of sale is considered a legal document that provides proof of the legal sale and purchase of a firearm. The form will prove a change of ownership occurred in accordance with all appropriate federal and state laws. It also contains identifying details about the buyer, the seller, and the firearm being sold and purchased. This document will require notarization.

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Privately Selling a Firearm

18 PA Cons Stat § 6111(c) stipulates that all private sales must take place with a licensed dealer or at a sheriff’s office so that a proper background check may be conducted. Per 18 PA Cons Stat § 6111(a), a seller must wait at least forty-eight (48) hours before delivering a sold firearm to the purchaser. 

Prohibited from Buying

In accordance with 18 PA Cons Stat § 6105(a)(1):

  • A person who has been convicted of an offense enumerated in subsection (b), within or without this Commonwealth, regardless of the length of sentence or whose conduct meets the criteria in subsection (c) shall not possess, use, control, sell, transfer or manufacture or obtain a license to possess, use, control, sell, transfer or manufacture a firearm in this Commonwealth.

Registering a Firearm

The formal registration of privately owned firearms is prohibited in Pennsylvania per 18 PA Cons. Stat. § 6111.4.

Concealed Carry

A License to Carry Firearms is required to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Pennsylvania.

How to Apply

A person must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age or older to apply for a License to Carry Firearms.

Step 1 – Obtain an application for a Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms from the applicant’s local sheriff’s department.

Step 2 – Complete the application and attach a photograph of the applicant that is compatible with the Commonwealth Photo Imaging Network.

Step 3 – Submit the application to the applicant’s local sheriff’s department.

Step 4 – Pay the appropriate filing fee as determined by 18 PA Cons Stat § 6109(h).

Step 5 – Pass a federal background check as required by 18 PA Cons Stat § 6111.

Step 6 – The sheriff’s department will approve or deny the request within forty-five (45) days of receiving the application.


Following the guidelines established by 18 PA Cons Stat § 6109(k), Pennsylvania has negotiated reciprocity agreements with all states except for the following: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.