As one of the attorneys involved in Firearm Policy Coalition’s (FPC) Fetsurka, et al v. City of Philadelphia, et al, litigation in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, I am honored to announce a settlement – entered into by the City of Philadelphia and approved by District Court Judge Michael Baylson – regarding the City of Philadelphia’s initial refusal to accept license to carry firearm (LTCF) applications due to COVID and after the filing of FPC’s Fetsurka litigation and the City’s accepting LTCF applications, substantial delays in processing of LTCFs. A copy of the approved settlement can be obtained here.
It is a distinct honor and privilege to once again represent the residents of Philadelphia in forcing the City’s compliance with the law, as enacted by our General Assembly, which preempts issuing authorities from regulating, in any manner, the application for and the process to obtain a LTCFs. As declared during the 1995 debate in enacting Act 17, which made the process to obtain an LTCF uniform across the entire Commonwealth,
Philadelphia gun owners should not be treated as second class citizens. They should have the same right to self-defense as other citizens of the Commonwealth. They are entitled to equal protection under our Constitution.
FPC’s support in this litigation has allowed us to challenge the City’s treatment of residents as second class citizens and afforded us the opportunity to work with the City in implementing an electronic submission system that provides for a faster and more streamlined application process; thereby resulting in the Gun Permit Unit being able to quickly and efficiently process the 6500+ applicant backlog. While virtually everyone said sub-month LTCF approvals would never happen in Philadelphia, through the support of FPC, we’ve been able to obtain sub-120 hour approvals. While there is still work to be done in relation to a number of the City’s policies, the instituted changes, and the City’s agreement to pay FPC’s attorney fees, are nothing less than monumental and groundbreaking.
If you or someone you know has had their constitutional or statutory rights violated, including in relation to obtaining an LTCF, contact Firearms Industry Consulting Group today to discuss YOUR rights and legal options
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