With the upcoming primary election on May 18th and many individuals inquiring of who I am supporting, I am announcing my unconditional and unequivocal support of current President Judge Kevin Brobson of the Commonwealth Court. While many of you know that I would only ever support a strict constructionist/originalist, some of you may wonder why … Continue reading Judge Kevin Brobson for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Following the January 2021 Meeting of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, I wrote up this article summarizing some of the important topics they addressed that could impact sportsmen planning to go afield later this year. At that meeting, the Board gave preliminary approval to a number of topics, some common sense adaptations to technology, … Continue reading PGC April Meeting Notes: Final Approval Given for Digital Hunting Licenses, Concurrent Antlered/Antlerless Seasons, and More
We are proud to announce that Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG)® (FICG®) and Shooters Gauntlet, LLC will be hosting our 6th annual Next EVOLUTION machinegun shoot at the Shooters Gauntlet on June 5-6, 2021, in celebration of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and Article 1, Section 21 of the PA Constitution. During the … Continue reading 6th Annual FICG/Shooters Gauntlet Next EVOLUTION Machine Gun Shoot!
As our readers who hold any type of licenses, permits or registrations issued by the State of Maryland may be aware, on March 12, 2020, Governor Hogan issued an executive order suspending the expiration of "all licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations." These "Covered Authorizations," issued by the State of Maryland, its agencies, or any … Continue reading Governor Hogan Amends Executive Order on Maryland License Time Extensions – Renewals to be Required this Summer
Late last week, the Maryland General Assembly (MD GA) voted to override Governor Hogan's Veto of SB 208. As a result, SB 208 will become law and go into effect on March 13, 2021. As any of our Maryland readers are surely aware, the Maryland General Assembly is no friend to the Second Amendment. Senate … Continue reading Maryland General Assembly Overrides Governor Hogan’s Veto, Private Sales/Transfers of Rifles and Shotguns to Begin Requiring Facilitation by FFL
In a decision that went virtually unnoticed during the high point of COVID-19, in July of 2020, the PA Supreme Court issued a decision in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Darren Montgomery, 234 A.3d 523 (PA 2020), holding that sometimes a visible firearm is a concealed firearm. Say what?!?! As I'm sure you're wondering, when does … Continue reading Say What?!?! PA Supreme Court Holds that Carrying a Concealed Firearm Sometimes Includes Carrying a Visible Firearm
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners held their first meeting of the year virtually earlier today and heard comments from PGC staff biologists and specialists before considering each item on the agenda. Ultimately, the Commission voted to pass each of the enumerated agenda items, and while I will not cover them all here, there are … Continue reading Pennsylvania Game Commission January Meeting Notes – Digital Licenses, Unlimited Antlerless Tags?, and more Sunday Hunting on the Horizon!
Our readers may remember that in the Fall of 2019, we published two blog articles recommending a “No” vote on the Marsy’s Law ballot question which, in very broad terms, would have had the effect of substantially expanding victim’s rights in the criminal justice system. For a more detailed recap of the ballot question, the … Continue reading Commonwealth Court Declares 2019 “Marsy’s Law” Proposed Amendment Unconstitutional, Invalidates Votes Cast
It is with great pleasure that I am finally able to announce that I have been formally admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and Maryland and am licensed to practice law without restriction in both states. 2020 has been a year for the record books in ways we never could have anticipated. Earlier this year … Continue reading At Long Last, Licensed
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) took a major step toward enhancing the cybersecurity posture of the bulk power system this month with a proposal for public utilities to secure incentive-based rate treatment for voluntary cybersecurity investments that go above and beyond mandatory Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards. The December 17, 2020 … Continue reading FERC Proposes Incentives for Cybersecurity Investments by Public Utilities