Firearms: Licenses to Carry A FIREARM

The firearms permit office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:00pm with the exception of holidays.



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    The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office Firearms Division is located on the ground floor of the Allegheny County Criminal Courthouse at 436 Grant Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. The office can be accessed through the Forbes Avenue archway of the courthouse. Firearms is typically open Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 3:00PM with the exception of holiday and satellite events.

    The Sheriff’s Office Firearms Division handles the issuance of licenses to sell firearms and licenses to carry firearms.

    By state law, the Sheriff has the responsibility to process all applications to carry handguns in Allegheny County and to issue licenses to all those applicants who qualify based on an extensive background investigation done by the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff also licenses all firearms dealers in the county.


    STEP 1: Download, complete and print an application ready to be submitted upon arrival at Firearms.
    Do not mail or email your application, bring it in-person when you apply.

    STEP 2: Arrive with a completed application, valid PA ID or Driver’s License and $20.00 cash.

    License to Sell Firearms

    If you are looking to obtain a license to sell firearms, all applications must be accompanied with a copy of the current FFL and payment of $60.00 (cash, check, or money order made payable to the Sheriff of Allegheny County) and will be processed in-person or via US Mail.

    Satellite/Weekend License to Carry Events

    The satellite event schedule for 2024 is below. The Sheriff’s Office offers satellite events on a regular basis to offer more opportunities for citizens to apply for their license to carry. Please review the calendar below, visit our Facebook Events, or visit Satellite/Weekend License to Carry Events to view currently scheduled events. If no events appear, we do not currently have anything scheduled.

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