It looks like we could use a thread to discuss responsible gun ownership, our rights and the laws. I enjoy hearing others' opinions (whether I agree with them or not) and would like to learn what the laws are where everyone lives. The Constitution of The United States gives us the right to own and bear arms but the specifics are governed by the individual states. I am in favor of ownership of anything one wants to own provided that they are not a known menace to society. In PA we are allowed to own almost anything but class III (full auto) firearms require additional licensing and permits to the point that you need to be rich or fanatical to own them. Many, if not all of those regulations are federal. Any laws regarding what are known as assault rifles are federal laws. Pistols require a background check and have always required a 7 day waiting period known as a 'cooling off period' before taking possession. Oddly enough this has always applied (in my days) even if you already owned pistol(s). Our local police department is notified of the impending purchase. We are permitted to carry openly in public places without a permit and concealed with a permit. Permits are available for anyone who does not have a criminal record, are obtained from the sheriff's department, and don't take long to obtain. One peculiar law, in spite of the open carry permission, is that we are only allowed to transport a pistol without a concealed carry permit to and from a target range, home and business, place of purchase and home, or a repair facility. So...I don't see how one can carry it openly in the grocery store if we're not allowed to transport it there. Transportation of any firearm without a concealed carry permit requires the firearm to be unloaded and I believe that the ammo and the firearm cannot both be within the reach of the driver. Except for that waiting period for one who already owns pistols I am OK with the laws that we have.