Groundbreaking Settlement with the City of Philadelphia in Relation to License to Carry Firearm Delays

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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5 thoughts on “Groundbreaking Settlement with the City of Philadelphia in Relation to License to Carry Firearm Delays

  1. Philadelphia is a toilet that needs to be flushed. The corruption and Police misconduct and cover ups have been a tradition forever here. Good news but honestly the City and those responsibile for the bad actions go unpunished and the tax payers foot the bill. Of course the City has plenty of extra money laying around since the soda tax was a big win for the children.

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  2. My conceal carry permit in Philly got approval this week, but i wasn’t able to schedule a pick-up appointment until august, it was the first available date! What can we do about this? I’m approved, but i can’t actually pick up the permit for months!?

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  3. Josh,

    I see some people online casting shade about this because FPC didn’t “go for the jugular” and insist on 100% compliance.

    I dont think you make decisions capriciously. Can you explain what they’re missing / don’t understand or just outright have wrong?

    Thanks for everything you do!

    On Fri, Apr 23, 2021, 4:50 PM Prince Law Offices Blog wrote:

    > Joshua Prince, Esq. posted: ” 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” >

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  4. My permit was approved on June 8, 2021 but I cant get an appointment to pick it up until November and my current permit expires August 1, 2021

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  5. My permit was approved June 8 2021 but they wont give me an appointment to pick up the permit until November! My current permit expires August 1.
    Is this their idea of revenge, making people wait months until after their current permits expire?

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