Maryland General Assembly Overrides Governor Hogan’s Veto, Private Sales/Transfers of Rifles and Shotguns to Begin Requiring Facilitation by FFL

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

Say What?!?! PA Supreme Court Holds that Carrying a Concealed Firearm Sometimes Includes Carrying a Visible Firearm

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

Pennsylvania Game Commission January Meeting Notes – Digital Licenses, Unlimited Antlerless Tags?, and more Sunday Hunting on the Horizon!

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!

Commonwealth Court Declares 2019 “Marsy’s Law” Proposed Amendment Unconstitutional, Invalidates Votes Cast

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

FERC Proposes Incentives for Cybersecurity Investments by Public Utilities

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

Pennsylvania Announces 2021 Average Weekly Wage

by Karl VoigtPennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry has announced the 2021 Statewide Average Weekly Wage. This figure serves as the basis for determining the maximum and minimum weekly Workers’ Compensation benefit rates in Pennsylvania. The figure has increased 4.6% to $1130 from the 2019 average of $1081. This increase affects the weekly rates paid … Continue reading Pennsylvania Announces 2021 Average Weekly Wage

Permitium License to Carry/Concealed Carry Permit SCAM

We just became aware of a nationwide scam, acknowledged by Permitium, which targets License to Carry Firearms ("LTCF") and Concealed Carry or Weapon Permit (CCP / CWP) holders alerting them that their permit must either be renewed or changed. This is a SCAM. We have a client who received this exact notice, who was not … Continue reading Permitium License to Carry/Concealed Carry Permit SCAM

Year in Review: Major Pennsylvania and Federal Firearms Law Cases of 2020

As the year is thankfully coming to a close, we thought it important to document some of the monumental court decisions and issues that Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®), a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., was involved in or obtained in 2020, even while we dealt with COVID and substantial court closures. Landmark, … Continue reading Year in Review: Major Pennsylvania and Federal Firearms Law Cases of 2020

ATF Withdrawals Notice and Request for Comment Regarding Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces

In a shocking change of course - likely because it was in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act and former Attorney General Session's memorandum entitled Prohibition on Improper Guidance Documents - the ATF appears to be withdrawing its notice and request for comment on Objective Factors for Classifying Stabilizer Braces. The notice, which will likely … Continue reading ATF Withdrawals Notice and Request for Comment Regarding Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces