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Juvenile Probation
Adjudication of Delinquency & Firearms
Can a Juvenile Adjudication of Delinquency Affect the Ability of a Person to Obtain a License to Carry a Firearm?
Children who have been adjudicated delinquent of certain offenses in Pennsylvania cannot possess or use, or obtain a license to possess or use a firearm when they are otherwise legally permitted to do so.

Delinquency adjudications for the following offenses result in a lifetime ban on access to firearms:
  • Murder
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault by a prisoner
  • Assault by a life prisoner
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Involuntary deviated sexual intercourse
  • Arson
  • Burglary (threat of violence)
  • Robbery (threat of violence)
  • Theft by extortion (threat of violence)

A delinquency adjudication for many other offenses results in a ban on access to firearms for 15 years or until age 30, whichever comes first. These include:
  • Prohibited offensive weapons
  • Possession of weapon on school property
  • Possession of a weapon of a firearm by a minor
  • Unlawful restraint
  • Receiving Stolen Property (RSP), as a second or subsequent felony adjudication for RSP
  • Theft, as a second or subsequent felony adjudication for theft
  • Aggravated indecent assault
  • Intimidation of a witness
  • Stalking
  • Robbery of a motor vehicle
  • Criminal Trespass, as a felony of the second degree