People who want a permit to carry firearms must be at least 21 years old, pass a background check and obtain the approval of the county sheriff or the chief of police, if the person lives in Philadelphia.

The person will be asked to submit an application along with a fee.

Then, the sheriff will complete a background check, and may deny the permit if there is reason to believe the applicant's character and reputation are such that he or she would be likely to endanger public safety.

If the license is approved, it is good for five years, unless revoked.

State police want people to know a license to carry is different from a license to purchase, which also requires a background check.

Source: Pennsylvania State Police