Default Judgment Entered Against the City of Harrisburg, et al. in Firearm Preemption Litigation

Today, the Dauphin County Prothonotary entered a default judgment for Plaintiff Howard Bullock against the City of Harrisburg, Mayor Eric Papenfuse and Police Chief Thomas Carter in the amount of “$21,140 plus such additional sums as may be assessed at trial.”  You can download an entire copy of the Default Judgment here.

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This default judgment stems from a lawsuit filed against the City of Harrisburg, Mayor Eric Papenfuse and Police Chief Thomas Carter by Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), Kim Stolfer, Joshua First and Howard Bullock, as a result of their illegal firearm ordinances.

On February 13, 2015, the Defendants removed FOAC, Kim Stolfer and Joshua First to the United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania; however, they left Howard Bullock’s claims pending before the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. As the Defendants failed to file a responsive pleading to Plaintiff Bullock’s claims, even after being provided the requisite 10 day notice, the Dauphin County Prothonotary entered a default judgment for Mr. Bullock against the Defendants.

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5 responses to “Default Judgment Entered Against the City of Harrisburg, et al. in Firearm Preemption Litigation

  1. Good news – and thanks for the update Josh!

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  2. May this be the first of many victories – perhaps they will get more adequate legal counsel on the next try?

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  3. RetMSgt in Pa.

    To add insult to injury, Harrisburg’s attorney is going to bill Harrisburg for not doing his due diligence.

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  4. Joe

    Round one goes to gun owners. Let Philly., Lancaster and Pittsburgh get the message. The Judges will rule correctly. PA laws must be obeyed.

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  5. bud

    IANAL, but this doesn’t really prove anything about the case, other than that the city’s lawyer was incompetent and/or lazy.

    OTOH, it’s nice to see our side win something, even if it’s just one-zip because the other team didn’t show up.

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