Firearms Information 
 

The Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Division is part of the Bureau of Records and Identification and is charged with maintaining records related to firearms licensing and transfers.
 
The Firearms Division also operates the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), which is used by firearms dealers to verify an applicant’s eligibility to legally purchase a firearm in just a few minute's time.

Update:

The PSP Firearms Division recently implemented a complete re-design of the Pennsylvania Instant Check System.  The new system offers web access to initiate background checks and provides the option for electronic submission of surcharge forms and fees.  These automated capabilities provide a vastly more efficient and user friendly process for all end users of the system.  

The PSP Firearms Division would ask that all gun shows, auctions, raffles and sales be reported to the PICS Unit, preferably at least 30 days in advance of the event.  This advance notice allows us to plan for additional staffing as needed, in order to serve you with the utmost efficiency.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 717-705-8843.

In an effort to keep firearm dealers up to date and informed on matters which may affect their business, we now post informational updates on this website as needed.  To view the updates, scroll down on this page until you see the section entitled "Licensed Firearm Dealers and Sheriffs," and click on that link.

In instances where "critical information" needs to be provided, in addition to the website, mass mailing will be used to ensure distribution to all licensed dealers. 

Information:

  • Information For Pennsylvania Firearm Purchasers & Basic Firearm Safety - A guide on basic firearm safety and information for Pennsylvania Firearm Purchasers. This information Includes: Basic Firearm Safety, Children and Firearms, Commonly asked questions about firearms and the Uniform Firearms Act, and the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS).   Download/View:  Page 1 and/or Page 2 


 Firearms Annual Reports:

  Name Description
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2012_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2012
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2011_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2011
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2010_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2010
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2009_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2009
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2008_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2008
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2007_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2007
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2006_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2006
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2005_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2005
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2004_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2004
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2003_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2003
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2002_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2002
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2001_Firearms_Annual__Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2001
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_2000_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 2000
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_1999_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 1999
PDF Documents Pennsylvania_State_Police_1998_Firearms_Annual_Report.pdf Pennsylvania State Police Firearms Annual Report 1998