Once again the Supreme Court has denied certiorari in another Second Amendment Case. Silvester, et al. v. Becerra was an appeal from the 9th Circuit challenging California's 10-day waiting period to firearm purchasers. In particular, the petition for certiorari raised the issue of whether the 9th Circuit "improperly applied lenient scrutiny in a Second Amendment challenge … Continue reading Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in ANOTHER Second Amendment Case
It should come to no surprise that the Pennsylvania State Police ("PSP") have issued a position statement in relation to Pennsylvania's new card carrying medicinal marijuana users. Once again, individuals who seek to use marijuana for medicinal purposes are forced to choose between the comfort they find in medicine or their constitutional rights. Marijuana is … Continue reading Pennsylvania State Police Reiterate ATF Position on Medicinal Marijuana
EDIT 3: Publication date is now scheduled for 12/26/2017. Deadline for submissions would be Thursday, January 25, 2018. EDIT 2: Document has been reposted. Link is working again. EDIT: It appears the document has been removed "The Office of the Federal Register withdrew this document after it went on public inspection due to technical errors." … Continue reading ATF to Publish Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Re: Application of the Definition of Machinegun to “Bump Fire” Stocks and Other Similar Devices
In October of 2005, the Protection in Lawful Commerce of Arms Act (PLCAA) took effect. Its purpose was simple - to shield manufacturers and sellers of qualified products from civil suits brought by victims and/or their families for the misuse of their product. Congress specifically stated in its findings that Businesses in the United States … Continue reading The Protection in Lawful Commerce of Arms Act and the Fate of Slide Fire in the Aftermath of Las Vegas
ATF has released its annual Firearms Commerce in the United States Statistical Update for 2017. As my one friend put it, "[t]his is like fantasy football stats for silencer dorks." It's actually like that for a lot more than the silencer crowd, but I digress. The Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER) is only … Continue reading ATF releases 2017 Report on Firearm Commerce in the United States (Numbers, Bar Graphs, and Pie Charts!)
Attorney Joshua Prince and I attended the Annual NSSF Import/Export Conference in Washington, D.C. this week. There were a variety of presentations that were given on a variety of topics including: Federal Search Warrants and Regulatory Site Visits, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, Foreign Military Sales, ATF Panel Discussion, and Round Table Discussions (the best part … Continue reading News from the 16th Annual NSSF Import/Export Conference in Washington, D.C.
ATF has published its long overdue update to the State Laws and Published Ordinances. The publication was announced to retailers who attended the NICS Retailer Day held at FBI's Criminal Justice Information Center this past Monday. Prior to the publication of this edition, ATF had violated its own regulations by consistently failing to "annually revise and … Continue reading After 5 Years of Violating Its Own Regulations, ATF Publishes State Laws and Published Ordinances – Firearms (32nd Edition)
Leave it to the Government to require individuals to register National Firearms Act firearms and screw up the registry leaving a number of individuals with firearms that were possibly registered with no proof or obtaining criminal convictions against those who had firearms that were possibly registered in accordance with the law. Of Arms and the … Continue reading OIG Documents Reveal Issues with the ATF’s National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record
Readers may remember the blog article I wrote when ATF dropped a bombshell at SHOT Show 2015 where it released an open letter which stated that the brace was neither designed nor approved to be used as a shoulder stock and that the use of the brace as a shoulder stock constitutes a redesign of the device because … Continue reading Brace for Impact…ATF Clarifies Its Illogical Position on Users Shouldering Brace Equipped Pistols.
Recently, after I blogged about the list of approved animals to hunt with a semi-automatic in PA, I submitted a Right to Know Law request to the PA Game Commission. I sought records which included the survey itself, any and all responses, and documents relating to the selection of those who would receive the survey, … Continue reading Results of a Right to Know Law Request to the PA Game Commission Regarding Their Survey of Hunters and Semi-automatics for Big Game Hunting