Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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Firearm Reciprocity Agreements

In 1995, the Pennsylvania General Assembly gave the Attorney General the authority to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania currently has formal written reciprocity agreements with 20 states that recognize a valid license to carry firearms issued by Pennsylvania.  Conversely, Pennsylvania recognizes valid firearm carry licenses/permits from those states.  In addition to the 20 formal agreements, other forms of reciprocity are applicable. 

Categories of Firearms Reciprocity
Under Pennsylvania law, there are six categories of firearms reciprocity status. 

Category 1: States that have entered into written reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania.  (Title 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6109(k))

The following states have entered into formal written reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania under section 6109(k) of the Uniform Firearms Act.  These agreements provide for reciprocal recognition of valid licenses/permits issued by both states. 

A list of these states and links to their firearms laws is provided below, along with the text of the agreements:

Category 2: States that have statutory reciprocity under 6106(b)(15) of the Uniform Firearms Act.  

The following states have been granted statutory reciprocity without a formal written agreement under 6106(b)(15), based on the determination of the Attorney General that the other state has granted reciprocity to Pennsylvania license holders, and that the other state's laws governing firearms are similar.     

  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Montana
  • North Dakota - Effective August 1, 2013 only North Dakota Class I permits are recognized in Category 2.
  • Wisconsin

Category 3: Unilateral reciprocity granted by another state for Pennsylvania license holders.  

This category encompasses states which allow an individual issued a valid concealed firearm license from Pennsylvania to carry a firearm while in those respective states.

  • Idaho

Category 4: Pennsylvanians may apply for a license/permit from another state ("Application states").

  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Utah
  • Washington

Category 5: State does not recognize or grant licenses/permits to individuals from another state, currently does not extend reciprocal privileges to Pennsylvania license holders, or has not indicated current status. 

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina

Category 6: Carry permitted without license/permit.

  • Alaska
  • Vermont

**Alaska and Vermont allows possession or carrying of a concealed firearm without a license/permit. 

Please be aware that the information on this page is subject to change based on the most recent developments in the various states and territories.  If you are aware of changes in any of the information above, please contact the Office of Attorney General so that our information may be revised appropriately.  If you plan to travel to another state it is recommended that you contact the proper authority within that state in order to verify what, if any, additional requirements or restrictions apply under state or federal law. 


The following information may assist you in contacting the appropriate agencies if you plan to travel to another state:

Keith Miller
Chief Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General of Alabama
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130

Peter Lyskowski
Assistant Attorney General
Missouri Office of Attorney General
P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO  65102

Sandra Fuller
Department of Public Safety
Records & Identification Bureau
5700 East Tudor Rd.
Anchorage, AK  99507

Ilka Becker
Assistant Attorney General
Montana Department of Justice
Justice Building
P.O. Box 201401
Helena, MT  59620-1401

Michael J. Kline, Sr.
Concealed Weapon Coordinator
Arizona Department of Public Safety
P.O. Box 6488
Phoenix, AZ  85005

J. Kirk Brown
Solicitor General
Nebraska Office of Attorney General
2115 State Capitol Building
Lincoln, NE  68509-8920

Major Kathy Sparks
Commander, Administrative Services Division
Arkansas State Police
1 State Police Plaza Drive
Little Rock, AR  72209-4822

Gerald J. Gardner
Chief Deputy Attorney General
Nevada Office of Attorney General
555 E. Washington Avenue
Room 3900
Las Vegas, NV  89101

Kamala D. Harris
Attorney General
California Office of Attorney General
1300 I Street, Suite 1740
Sacramento, CA  95814

New Hampshire
Earl M. Sweeney
Assistant Commissioner
Department of Safety
James H. Hayes Building
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH  03305

Susan Kitchen
Agent in Charge
Colorado Department of Public Safety
690 Kipling St., Ste. 3000
Denver, CO  80215-5825

New Jersey
Department of Law and Public Safety
Office of Attorney General
P.O. Box 080
25 Market Street
Trenton, NJ  08625-0080

Leonard C. Boyle
Department of Public Safety
State of Connecticut
1111 Country Club Rd.
Middletown, CT  06457-9294

New Mexico
Stuart M. Bluestone
Chief Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General of New Mexico
P.O. Drawer 1508
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508

Carl Danberg
Chief Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General of Delaware
Carvel State Office Building
820 N French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

New York
Debra L. W. Cohn
Deputy Attorney General for Policy
Office of the Attorney General of New York
120 Broadway
New York, NY 10271

District of Columbia
Terrance Ryan
General Counsel
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Room 4115
Washington, DC  20001

North Carolina
John J. Aldridge, III
Special Deputy Attorney General
Law Enforcement Liaison Section
North Carolina Department of Justice
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-9001

Ken Wilkinson
Assistant Director
Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 6687
Tallahassee, FL  32314-6687

North Dakota
Sandi Tabor, Chief Deputy
Office of the Attorney General of North Dakota
State Capitol
600 E Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505 0040

Samuel S. Olens
Attorney General
State of Georgia
40 Capitol Square, SW
Atlanta, GA  30334-1300

Jonathan R. Fulkerson
Deputy Attorney General
Health & Human Services Section
Ohio Office of Attorney General
30 E. Broad Street, 26th Floor
Columbus, OH  43215-3400

Neil N. Murakami
Deputy Attorney General
Criminal Justice Division
Hawaii Department of the Attorney General
425 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI  96813

Jimmy Bunn, Jr., Esq.
Legal Counsel
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
6600 N. Harvey
Oklahoma City, OK  73116-7912

William A. von Tagen
Deputy Attorney General
Chief, Intergovernmental & Fiscal Law Division
Idaho Office of Attorney General
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID  83720-0010

Timothy R. Thompson
Assistant Attorney General
Criminal Justice Division
Oregon Department of Justice
610 Hawthorne Ave., SE, Suite 210
Salem, OR  97301

Barry Gross, Chief Deputy
Illinois Office of Attorney General
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL  60601

Rhode Island
James R. Lee
Chief, Civil Division
Rhode Island Dept. of Attorney General
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI  02903

Jennifer Thuma
Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs
Indiana Office of Attorney General
Indiana Government Center South, 5th Floor
402 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN  46204-2770

South Carolina
Clifton E. Weir
Captain, SLED Regulatory Services
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
P.O. Box 21398
Columbia, SC  29221-1398

Tam Ormiston
Chief Policy Deputy
Iowa Office of Attorney General
Hoover State Office Building
Des Moines, IA  50319

South Dakota
Monae Johnson
Pistol Permit Administrator
South Dakota Secretary of State
State Capitol, Suite 204
500 East Capital Avenue
Pierre, SD  57501-5070

Charles W. Klebe
Assistant Attorney General
Concealed Carry Handgun Unit
Kansas Office of Attorney General
120 SW 10th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Topeka, KS  66612-1597

Patricia S. Wall
Staff Attorney
Department of Safety
State of Tennessee
1155 Foster Avenue
Nashville, TN  37249-1000

Elizabeth D. Baker
Legal Counsel
Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Rd.
Frankfort, KY  40601

Becky Pestana
Assistant Attorney General
General Counsel Division
Texas Office of Attorney General
P.O. Box 12548
Austin, TX  78711-2548

Colonel Henry Whitehorn
Deputy Secretary, Public Safety Services
Department of Public Safety & Corrections
Louisiana State Police
P.O. Box 66614
Baton Rouge, LA  70896-6614

Rick Penrod
Utah Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City, UT  84118

Laura Yustak Smith
Assistant Attorney General
Maine Office of Attorney General
6 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333

John Treadwell
Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General of Vermont
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1001

Mark H. Bowen
Assistant Attorney General
Maryland Office of Attorney General
1201 Reisterstown Rd.
Pikesville, MD  21208

Thomas J. Lambert
Legal Specialist
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Virginia Department of State Police
P.O. Box 27472
Richmond, VA 23261-7472

Stephanie S. Lovell
First Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place  Room 2019
Boston, MA 02108 1698

Toni M. Hood
Assistant Attorney General
Licensing and Administrative Law Division
Attorney General of Washington
P.O. Box 40110
Olympia, WA 98504-0110

Robert Ianni
Bureau Chief
Consumer Protection Bureau
525 W. Ottawa St.
Lansing, MI  48909

West Virginia
Thomas W. Smith
Managing Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General of West Virginia
State Capitol, Room 26 E
Charleston, WV 25305

E. Joseph Newton
Department Program Administrator
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Office of the Commissioner
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1000
Saint Paul, MN  55101-5100

Roy R. Korte, Assistant Attorney General
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Attorney General's Office
17 W. Main St.
Madison, WI 53707

Mississippi Department for Public Safety
P.O. Box 958
Jackson, MS  39205-0958

Bryan A. Skoric
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Division of Criminal Investigation
316 West 22nd St.
Cheyenne, WY  82002

For more information on Pennsylvania's reciprocity agreements contact:

Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
16th Floor, Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-3391