Putting Attorney General Kane’s Legal Opinion to Good Use

Today, utilizing Attorney General Kane’s August 5, 2014, Legal Opinion Letter, I submitted letters to a number of Commonwealth agencies requesting that they rescind their regulations in relation to possession of firearms, which are inconsistent with Pennsylvania’s Crimes Code, referred to as Title 18. Those letters include:

  1. Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) – here.
  2. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) – here.
  3. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) – here.
  4. Pennsylvania Department of State – here.

As I hear back from these agencies as to what action they will be taking, I will let our readers know.

7 thoughts on “Putting Attorney General Kane’s Legal Opinion to Good Use

  1. You might want to also contact all the Pennsylvania land grant universities which were formed by the commonwealth legislature. Penn St., Temple,Pitt, and Lincoln university.


  2. Must not forget the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. You can’t carry on their land unless you’ve got an LTCF. OC without an LTCF, apparently, is forbidden.

    58 Pa. Code § 53.7. Use of firearms.

    It is unlawful for any person to carry or use firearms on Commission owned or controlled properties except for persons:

    (1) Engaged in lawful hunting and trapping under § 53.5 (relating to hunting and trapping).

    (2) Licensed to carry firearms under 18 Pa. C.S. § 6109 (relating to licenses) or authorized to do so in conformance with 18 Pa. C.S. § 6106 (relating to firearms not to be carried without a license).


  3. As PennDOT is a Commonwealth agency, and considering that “NO GUNS” stickers have placed at over 90% of PennDOT Driver Licensing and Photo Centers, creating a very high visibility policy all across Pennsylvania, I would love to see this addressed as well.

    I’m not talking about privately owned locations such as Bricker’s, Runkle’s, etc., but actual PennDOT locations. I have been told these locations have been leased to a private enterprise. However, all signage and policies must adhere to and be consistent with current PennDOT regulations, which of course fall under the PA State Legislature.

    At the entrance doors you will find the silhouette of a black pistol on a round white sticker with the universal red circle and slash through it, followed up by prohibitive written signage clearly posted inside.

    I have pics of this at my local PennDOT Center, but I’m sure a quick visit to one near you will confirm as we have seen these all over the state for some time now. It is time for this to come to an end. Please feel free to contact me at the email address I provided if we should discuss this in greater detail.


  4. I did a little research on Title 58, Pa. Code (Recreation), and the following “hits” came up:
    Section 163.9 – Horse Racing Commission
    Section 53.7 – Fish & Boat Commission (previously addressed by me)
    Section 141.15 – Game Commission
    Section 465a.13 – Gaming Control Board (already addressed by you)

    Oh, I noticed your letters use “it’s” instead of “its”. The Apostrophe Police will be coming for you.


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