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 18 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 18 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.
    • Ohio
    • 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.

    • Alabama
    • Idaho

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

    • Connecticut
    • Hawaii
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Minnesota
    • New Jersey
    • Washington

    Category 5: Carry permitted without license/permit.

    • Alaska
    • Maine
    • Vermont

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

    Category 6: 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.

    • California
    • Delaware
    • Illinois
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Mexico
    • New York
    • Oregon
    • Rhode Island
    • South Carolina

    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