Late last night on its Facebook page, the Philadelphia Police Department posted that it was closing the Gun Permit Unit through December 7, 2020; thereby, precluding law-abiding individuals from obtaining licenses to carry firearms and therefore, subjecting them to Pennsylvania’s draconian transportation (18 Pa.C.S. 6106) and state of emergency laws (18 Pa.C.S. 6107).
I expect that I will have further information later today and will update this article, so make sure to check back later. In the interim, yesterday, PA HB 1747 – which removes the unconstitutional state of emergency provisions as they relate to firearms – and HB 2440 – which I authored and makes all firearm and ammunition manufacturers, retailers, distributors, gun ranges, and sportsman clubs life-sustaining business that can never be shuttered – passed the Senate and will now go the Governor. Please contact the Governor and demand that he sign both HB 1747 and HB 2440 into law.
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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2 thoughts on “Philadelphia Gun Permit Unit Closed Due to COVID”
Based on the Pa Health Secretary and the Govs recent travel restrictions, what is your advice for out of state travelers entering Pa, and are these restrictions constitutional and enforceable?
Why am I unable to purchase ammo from internet companies? I get a notice saying all shipments to this area are on hold.