Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., has recently learned that the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department has disclosed certain License to Carry Firearms (LTCF) Applicant information and we are prepared to represent those aggrieved, like those in Philadelphia, who had their LTCF information disclosed.
According to The Morning Call, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department has disclosed confidential LTCF information of at least one, if not more, LTCF holders in Northampton.
The Morning Call reports that, “A Northampton County deputy sheriff was charged Thursday with illegally providing a confidential firearms permit application to a West Easton councilwoman, a leak that has captured widespread attention in the local blogosphere.” Reporter Riley Yates confirms that the councilwoman is Tricia Mezzacappa, a political candidate for County Council and West Easton Council. The article also seems to suggest that numerous other individuals may have been involved and request that Deputy Darin Ray Steward obtain the information for them.
Section 6109(i) provides, “(i) Confidentiality.– All information provided by the potential purchaser, transferee or applicant, including, but not limited to, the potential purchaser, transferee or applicant’s name or identity, furnished by a potential purchaser or transferee under this section or any applicant for a license to carry a firearm as provided by section 6109 shall be confidential and not subject to public disclosure. In addition to any other sanction or penalty imposed by this chapter, any person, licensed dealer, State or local governmental agency or department that violates this subsection shall be liable in civil damages in the amount of $1,000 per occurrence or three times the actual damages incurred as a result of the violation, whichever is greater, as well as reasonable attorney fees.”
Some of you may remember that in August of 2012, the City of Philadelphia disclosed LTCF Applicant information and FICG filed a class action lawsuit against the City, departments and individual involved. We are prepared to represent those Northampton County LTCF holders that have been aggrieved by the action of the Sheriff’s Department and it’s failure to properly control the dissemination of LTCF information. If you have a Northampton County LTCF, or know someone who does, please feel free to contact us, so we can discuss your potential legal options.