As our viewers are aware, Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., is spearheading the opposition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ proposal, ATF 41P. In that vein, we are requesting that Pennsylvania residents, who have been denied a Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) signature, fill out a questionnaire regarding that denial and their experience in applying for and receiving that denial. You can find the questionnaire on our website (the link to the questionnaire is highlighted in red) or directly at http://www.firearmsindustryconsultinggroup.com/atf-419-questionnaire.
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Published by Joshua Prince, Esq.
With our 2nd Amendment rights being attacked at both the Federal and State level, and the ATF (Burea of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) trying to close down FFLs (Federal Firearms Licensees) for minor infractions while making FFLs the scapegoat when the ATF's records are inaccurate, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am one of only a handful of attorneys across the US that practices in the niche area of law known as firearms law. I decided to concentrate my legal practice on firearms law not only because I am a shooter and firearms enthusiast, but also to ensure that our inalienable Right to Keep and Bear Arms is never encroached upon.
I handle cases at the Federal and State level for both FFLs and individuals. At the federal and state levels for individuals, I actively defend the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution and Section 21 of the PA Constitution, as well as, help individuals with:
- License to Carry Firearms Denials;
- Challenges to Erroneous PICS Denials;
- Relief from Firearms Disabilities;
- Estate Planning Advice;
- Gun/NFA Trusts; and
- 42 USC 1983 Actions for Deprivation of Civil Rights
At both the state and federal levels, I represent FFLs and SOTs throughout Pennsylvania and the US regarding:
- ATF Compliance Inspections;
- Warning Letters and Hearings;
- FFL Revocations;
- Corporate Structure Advice
- Indoor/Outdoor Range Implementation; and
- Forfeiture Proceedings
In following my love for firearms and firearms law, I have taught several Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars on Firearms in Estates and Trusts and Firearms Law 101 for several Bar Associations, including Berks, Cumberland, and Dauphin Counties. I also planned and taught several Firearms in Estates CLE classes for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI).
While at Widener Law School, I was a member of the Widener Law Journal. I wrote an article on the Inaccuracy of the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR). I also had an article published on Fee Disputes in Workers Compensation cases in the Widener Law Journal, Volume 18, No. 2.
You can often find me posting on several internet forums, including Subguns, Uzitalk, AR15, and PAFOA. I also hold PA Firearms Law classes for local ranges to inform the public on the firearm laws of the Commonwealth.
Following in my father's footsteps, I am also a Board member for the Pottstown Police Athletic League (PAL).
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9 thoughts on “Have You Been Denied a CLEO Signature? We Need to Know!”
I didn’t even try to get the CLEO to sign because it was well know that Sheriff Box of Collin Co., TX., wouldn’t sign. That’s the reason for my use of a revocable living trust instead. The State Attorney General is pro gun but I don’t know how you’d go about getting his signature.
Sherriff Ben Johnson in Volusia County, Florida will NOT give anyone a sign off. This is the exact reason I started a trust.
Sheriff Dale Kowalkowski in Manistee Michigan will NOT sign off because as he put it “no one needs those type of items” They are perfectly legal and he still won’t sign and he said he never will.
Duval county in Florida is a no go either. “There is no need for you to own a suppressor, let alone an SBR”.
The reason why I went with a trust from David Goldman.
Commissioner Charles Ramsey Police Chief for Philadelphia,Pa. is a known for his anti 2nd amendment views.He led a presidential commission that advocated a military style semi automatic rifle ban.While he was Police Commissioner for Washington D.C and Chcago Ill. he advocated a complete ban on handguns for the public.Given this backround there is little chance he would sign a transfer for a NFA item
Denied once for a suppressor saying “the chief doesn’t usually sign off on these things.”
The Lexington, KY. city Police chief and the county sheriff both refuse to sign off on NFA items, hence the reason for my trust.
Armstrong County Sheriff Crawford will not sign off on any NFA items