PA Supreme Court – PSP Must Prove Firearm Moved in Interstate Commerce to Deny Individual under Federal Law

In a surprising and unanimous decision issued yesterday in Navarro v. Pennsylvania State Police, 72 MAP 2018, 2019 WL 3209478, at *1 (Pa. July 17, 2019) - continuing a line of decisions from the Court where it has breathed new life into constitutional rights - the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that for the Pennsylvania State … Continue reading PA Supreme Court – PSP Must Prove Firearm Moved in Interstate Commerce to Deny Individual under Federal Law

ATF Rescinds Prior Methods to Measure a Firearm’s Overall Length when Equipped with a Stabilizing Brace

Late yesterday, I received an email from an individual containing a letter from ATF which was a response to a correspondence requesting the correct method to "measure a firearm with a 'stabilizing brace' and folding adaptor." It was explained that the correspondence was sent in the form of an email over a year ago and … Continue reading ATF Rescinds Prior Methods to Measure a Firearm’s Overall Length when Equipped with a Stabilizing Brace

MONUMENTAL Determination from ATF – Grant of State Relief Relieves Federal Prohibition Relating to Mental Health Commitments

I am honored to announce, after fighting the U.S. Government over this issue for several years, that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has conceded that a grant of state relief in relation to a prior mental health commitment is sufficient to relieve the individual of any prohibition under federal law. In … Continue reading MONUMENTAL Determination from ATF – Grant of State Relief Relieves Federal Prohibition Relating to Mental Health Commitments

EPA announces $3.9 million in Brownfields Grants for Pennsylvania

EPA designates $64.6 million for Brownfields nationwide Today, June 5, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing $3.9 million for nine Brownfields grants in Pennsylvania.  These are nine of the 149 communities selected to receive 151 grant awards totaling $64,623,553 million in EPA Brownfields funding through EPA's Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup (MAC) Grant … Continue reading EPA announces $3.9 million in Brownfields Grants for Pennsylvania

Supreme Court holds that probable cause can defeat a First Amendment retaliatory-arrest claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

On May 29, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the matter of Nieves v. Bartlett, Docket no. 19-1174. The central question was whether probable cause defeats a First Amendment retaliatory-arrest claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that because police officers had probable cause to arrest Russell Bartlett, his … Continue reading Supreme Court holds that probable cause can defeat a First Amendment retaliatory-arrest claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Chief Counsel Joshua Prince Testifies Regarding the Effect of Utilizing Medical Marijuana on Second Amendment Rights

Today, Chief Counsel Joshua Prince of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®), a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., testified before the Pennsylvania House Health and Judiciary Committees, in a joint committee hearing, regarding the effect of marijuana usage on Second Amendment rights. You can find a copy of Chief Counsel Prince's written testimony, … Continue reading Chief Counsel Joshua Prince Testifies Regarding the Effect of Utilizing Medical Marijuana on Second Amendment Rights

MONUMENTAL Decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding whether the Open or Conceal Carrying of a Firearm is Reasonable Suspicion of a Crime

Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a 53 page majority opinion, a 2 page concurring decision by Justice Baer and a 16 page concurring opinion by Justice Dougherty which Justice Mundy joined, in the case of Commonwealth v. Hicks, which addressed whether the mere open or concealed carrying of a firearm constitutes reasonable suspicion of … Continue reading MONUMENTAL Decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding whether the Open or Conceal Carrying of a Firearm is Reasonable Suspicion of a Crime

Firearms Law Seminar – September 21, 2019 at Trop Gun Shop

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 10am – 2pm,  Chief Counsel Joshua Prince, Attorney Eric Winter, and Attorney Adam Kraut of Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®), a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., in conjunction with Trop Gun Shop, will offer a four (4) hour seminar on state and federal firearms law at their … Continue reading Firearms Law Seminar – September 21, 2019 at Trop Gun Shop

Commonwealth Court Affirms That Pardoned Individuals Are NOT Prohibited From Purchasing and Possessing Firearms

Today, Chief Counsel Joshua Prince, of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group®, was successful in securing a 12 page decision by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, wherein it affirmed that an individual who receives a full pardon is neither prohibited from purchasing and possessing a firearms and ammunition nor prohibited from obtaining a license to carry firearms. … Continue reading Commonwealth Court Affirms That Pardoned Individuals Are NOT Prohibited From Purchasing and Possessing Firearms

Class Action Certified Against Monroe County Sheriff Regarding Disclosure of License to Carry Firearms Applicant Information

Pursuant to a May 2, 2019 Order by Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff, a previous Order of February 7, 2019 granting class certification against Monroe County, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Monroe County Sheriff Todd Martin and John/Jane Does, has been unsealed in a case involving the disclosure of license to carry firearms applicant … Continue reading Class Action Certified Against Monroe County Sheriff Regarding Disclosure of License to Carry Firearms Applicant Information