On January 16, 2018, Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff, specially presiding, issued an Order unsealing a December 13, 2017 Decision and Order in the John Doe, et al. v. Monroe County, et al. case, which granted a preliminary injunction against the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Todd Martin in relation to their unlawful license to carry firearms (LTCF) requirements. As our viewers are aware from a prior Pocono Record article, I am representing the Plaintiffs in this matter.
The preliminary injunction precludes the Monroe County Sheriff from:
- Sending out postcards advising applicants of their license renewal, denial or acceptance;
- Requiring applicants to submit Local 1% Earned Income Tax Forms, Federal Income Tax Returns, Pa. State Tax Returns or Real Estate Tax Bills;
- Requiring written documentation from an applicant’s doctor as to the specific nature of applicant’s disabilities, as well as, any medications the applicant may be taking due to the disability;
- Requiring a copy of the applicant’s Social Security Statement;
- Requiring a copy of an applicant’s DD-214 (military discharge papers);
- Requiring any references to be Monroe County residents; and,
- Requiring an applicant to provide a list of medications that he or she may be prescribed.
If you or someone you know has had their confidential license to carry firearms applicant information disclosed or are being required to provide information for a license to carry firearms, which is not provided for in the licensing provision, contact Firearms Industry Consulting Group today to discuss YOUR rights and legal options.
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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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7 thoughts on “Monroe County Sheriff Martin is ENJOINED from Enforcing Unlawful License to Carry Firearms Requirements”
I remember the first time I went to my local county Sheriff’s office to apply for a LTCF. You woulda’ thunk I was asking for the keys to the nuclear football ! Instantly the office came to dead silence, as every eye behind the counter rivoted on me, as if in in preparation to take me down. They wouldn’t even give me the PSP form without carefully scrutiny of my driver’s license, from which they recorded the license number on the PSP form, handed it to me, and would not let me leave with it. It had to be filled out right there. I am sure they all half-expected me to whip out a 9-mil, gangsta style, and waste them all in a fit of lawful, concealed carry, insanity.
Now, they process and approve many renewals each day, notice of which now comes in a sealed envelope instead of the post card, and unless the dad-blame, cheap, inkjet printer cartridges run dry, or the state camera breaks down, you walk out, same day, with your renewed permit. That’s so long as someone remembered to requisition more printer ink, or the lady who knows how to replace them in the printer, didn’t call in sick. Long story short, this is why we need people like Mr. Prince. To prevent “smart government” from defaulting to it’s true, bureaucratic, rights-abusing, nature. Thank you, and well done !
How do they think they can rewrite (add to) the laws of the state? Are they that dumb or just don’t care, because they have gotten away with it in the past?
especially when said laws specifically prohibit the sheriff from adding to or changing them. it’s specifically mentioned.
that office is a joke, the sheriff is a joke, the staff is nasty and the deputies are too.
they don’t abide by the refund bit of the law either. guess they buy coffee with the money you give them.
sheriff election is coming up in 2019 iirc, vote him the hell out.
also every person had two violations of privacy, $1,000 per violation. two references. $2,000 per ltcf application.
They surely believe they are ABOVE reproach and can write what ever obstacles they want. It happens every day in that god fersaken state to the east where local Chiefs of Police pull this crap.