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LEO's Ran my "Sportsman Firearm Permit" Today


Regular Member
Dec 14, 2006
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
I was fishing off of the Youghiogheny River and a game commission officer walked down the bank and said hello.
He didn't notice my Sig openly carried until halfway through the small talk.

He only asked "what type of pistol is that?" I told him and also handed over my current fishing license and SFP.
He looked at the SFP and just made sure it matched the personal info on the fishing license.

He stepped away from me for a minute and radio in some of my details (not sure which).

As he did this a PA state police officer stopped at his vehicle and came down to the bank of the river.

The PA State Police officer looked at my documents and asked "Where did you get this?" while holding up my SFP.
I said "At the Fayette country treasures office".
With a confused look on his face he just said "huh...."

Once the Game Commission officer was done on the radio, he handed me back my fishing license and said "have a good day and good luck".

They were both professional and I have no idea if the SP were called to the game commissions location because I had a firearm, or is the SP officer just drove by and saw the Game Officer and decided to be there for support.

But either way, it seemed like the State Police officer never even heard of a Sportsman Firearms permit.


Campaign Veteran
Jan 15, 2007
Google really is your friend. It keeps you from looking foolish and lazy.


Listed below are exceptions as outlined in 18 Pa.C.S. § 6106. (2) (b) Exceptions:
9) Persons licensed to hunt, take furbearers or fish in this Commonwealth, if such persons are actually hunting, taking furbearers or fishing or are going to the places where they desire to hunt, take furbearers or fish or returning from such places.
Who can apply for a Sportsman’s Firearm Permit? An individual who is age 18 or older and is licensed to hunt, trap or fish, or who has been issued a permit relating to hunting dogs, may apply for a Sportsman's Firearm Permit by submitting a completed application along with the required fee to the county treasurer's office. The permit shall be issued immediately and be valid throughout this Commonwealth for a period of five years from the date of issue for any "legal firearm", when carried in conjunction with a valid hunting, furtaking or fishing license, or permit relating to hunting dogs. The issuances of a Sportsman’s Firearm Permit allows the individual to carry a firearm if such persons are actually hunting, taking furbearers, fishing or training dogs, or are going to the places where they desire to hunt, take furbearers, fish, or train dogs during the regular training season, or returning from such places. A Sportsman's Firearm Permit is NOT a License to Carry a firearm concealed.

stay safe.