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    Default so can i carry a loaded shotgun in my car or not?

    going right now to get my LTCF, once i get it can i drive around with my shotgun(specifically a moss 500 pistol grip LOADED) in the trunk? i cant seem to get a clear answer on this. thanks guys
    sig sauer p239 .357 sig DC(open carry for now)
    witness .40s&w
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    Default Re: so can i carry a loaded shotgun in my car or not?

    Not unless your shotgun has a short barrel and you have the tax stamp for it.

    No loaded guns in vehicles, except for firearms.
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    Default Re: so can i carry a loaded shotgun in my car or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by delcosheriffsucks View Post
    going right now to get my LTCF, once i get it can i drive around with my shotgun(specifically a moss 500 pistol grip LOADED) in the trunk? i cant seem to get a clear answer on this. thanks guys
    No, not legally. The penalty, i believe, is only a $300 fine, however.

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    Default Re: so can i carry a loaded shotgun in my car or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zef_66 View Post
    Not unless your shotgun has a short barrel and you have the tax stamp for it.

    No loaded guns in vehicles, except for firearms.
    this is going to sound very ignorant but isnt my shotgun a firearm?
    sig sauer p239 .357 sig DC(open carry for now)
    witness .40s&w
    .22mag/lr revolver
    .22 remington rifle semiauto
    12 ga moss 500 pistol grip(loaded with slug hollow points)[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Default Re: so can i carry a loaded shotgun in my car or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by delcosheriffsucks View Post
    this is going to sound very ignorant but isnt my shotgun a firearm?
    Under state law it's considered a "loaded weapon other than a firearm" as the term "firearm" is narrowly defined in the statutes to be handguns and short barreled rifles/shotguns

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    Default Re: so can i carry a loaded shotgun in my car or not?

    The definition of firearm is different in many different places. Even different states have different definitions. But PA defines a firearm as:

    “Firearm.” Any pistol or revolver with a barrel length less than 15 inches, any shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches or any rifle with a barrel length less than 16 inches, or any pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun with an overall length of less than 26 inches. The barrel length of a firearm shall be determined by measuring from the muzzle of the barrel to the face of the closed action, bolt or cylinder, whichever is applicable.
    Hence you LTCF would be a license to carry any of the above open in a vehicle, or concealed on your person.

    Edit: And it looks like your shotgun has an 18" barrel.
    ~ Derek
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    Default Re: so can i carry a loaded shotgun in my car or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zef_66 View Post
    The definition of firearm is different in many different places. Even different states have different definitions. But PA defines a firearm as:



    Hence you LTCF would be a license to carry any of the above open in a vehicle, or concealed on your person.

    Edit: And it looks like your shotgun has an 18" barrel.
    with that edit does it make it legal?
    sig sauer p239 .357 sig DC(open carry for now)
    witness .40s&w
    .22mag/lr revolver
    .22 remington rifle semiauto
    12 ga moss 500 pistol grip(loaded with slug hollow points)[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Default Re: so can i carry a loaded shotgun in my car or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by delcosheriffsucks View Post
    with that edit does it make it legal?
    Most Mossy's are 18-1/2" if I remember...I'm pretty sure mine is.

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    Default Re: so can i carry a loaded shotgun in my car or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by delcosheriffsucks View Post
    with that edit does it make it legal?
    No, absolutely NO loaded long guns in vehicles. Never ever, period..

    The only thing that closely resembles a long gun (rifle, carbine, shotgun, etc) that are legal to carry loaded in a vehicle are "sawed-off shotguns" and "sawed-off rifles" - which are legally defined as Short Barreled Shotguns and Short Barreled Rifles. To own either of those legally, you must have a NFA tax stamp similar to the one you need to have a machinegun, silencer, destructive device, etc. If you own the SBS or SBR legally under Federal law, then you can carry/transport it under PA law. Then on top of that you must have a LTCF.


    Short Barreled Shotgun(technically "smoothbore" under federal law) = less than 18" barrel or less than 26" overall length

    Short Barreled Rifle = less than 16" barrel or less than 26" overall length

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    Default Re: so can i carry a loaded shotgun in my car or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by delcosheriffsucks View Post
    with that edit does it make it legal?
    Nope...

    Read what I posted above (taken directly from the UFA):

    “Firearm.” Any pistol or revolver with a barrel length less than 15 inches, any shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches or any rifle with a barrel length less than 16 inches, or any pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun with an overall length of less than 26 inches. The barrel length of a firearm shall be determined by measuring from the muzzle of the barrel to the face of the closed action, bolt or cylinder, whichever is applicable.
    I thought they called them 18" barrels, but maybe they are 18.5"...regardless, either of these are not less than 18"
    ~ Derek
    "They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed...?" Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

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