Maryland General Assembly Overrides Governor Hogan’s Veto, Private Sales/Transfers of Rifles and Shotguns to Begin Requiring Facilitation by FFL

Late last week, the Maryland General Assembly (MD GA) voted to override Governor Hogan's Veto of SB 208. As a result, SB 208 will become law and go into effect on March 13, 2021. As any of our Maryland readers are surely aware, the Maryland General Assembly is no friend to the Second Amendment. Senate … Continue reading Maryland General Assembly Overrides Governor Hogan’s Veto, Private Sales/Transfers of Rifles and Shotguns to Begin Requiring Facilitation by FFL

Say What?!?! PA Supreme Court Holds that Carrying a Concealed Firearm Sometimes Includes Carrying a Visible Firearm

In a decision that went virtually unnoticed during the high point of COVID-19, in July of 2020, the PA Supreme Court issued a decision in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Darren Montgomery, 234 A.3d 523 (PA 2020), holding that sometimes a visible firearm is a concealed firearm. Say what?!?! As I'm sure you're wondering, when does … Continue reading Say What?!?! PA Supreme Court Holds that Carrying a Concealed Firearm Sometimes Includes Carrying a Visible Firearm

Pennsylvania Game Commission January Meeting Notes – Digital Licenses, Unlimited Antlerless Tags?, and more Sunday Hunting on the Horizon!

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners held their first meeting of the year virtually earlier today and heard comments from PGC staff biologists and specialists before considering each item on the agenda. Ultimately, the Commission voted to pass each of the enumerated agenda items, and while I will not cover them all here, there are … Continue reading Pennsylvania Game Commission January Meeting Notes – Digital Licenses, Unlimited Antlerless Tags?, and more Sunday Hunting on the Horizon!

Permitium License to Carry/Concealed Carry Permit SCAM

We just became aware of a nationwide scam, acknowledged by Permitium, which targets License to Carry Firearms ("LTCF") and Concealed Carry or Weapon Permit (CCP / CWP) holders alerting them that their permit must either be renewed or changed. This is a SCAM. We have a client who received this exact notice, who was not … Continue reading Permitium License to Carry/Concealed Carry Permit SCAM

Year in Review: Major Pennsylvania and Federal Firearms Law Cases of 2020

As the year is thankfully coming to a close, we thought it important to document some of the monumental court decisions and issues that Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®), a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., was involved in or obtained in 2020, even while we dealt with COVID and substantial court closures. Landmark, … Continue reading Year in Review: Major Pennsylvania and Federal Firearms Law Cases of 2020

ATF Withdrawals Notice and Request for Comment Regarding Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces

In a shocking change of course - likely because it was in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act and former Attorney General Session's memorandum entitled Prohibition on Improper Guidance Documents - the ATF appears to be withdrawing its notice and request for comment on Objective Factors for Classifying Stabilizer Braces. The notice, which will likely … Continue reading ATF Withdrawals Notice and Request for Comment Regarding Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with Stabilizing Braces

ATF to Publish Stabilizer Brace Guidance with 14 Day Notice and Comment Period Tomorrow

As reflected in a notice issued through the Federal Register electronic notice system, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives intends to publish tomorrow, Friday, December 18, 2020, its "Objective Factors for Classifying Stabilizer Braces" in the Federal Register, which we previously blogged about in our article ATF to Institute Rulemaking Regarding Stabilizing Braces … Continue reading ATF to Publish Stabilizer Brace Guidance with 14 Day Notice and Comment Period Tomorrow

ATF to Institute Rulemaking/Guidance Regarding Stabilizing Braces and Require Registration of Currently Owned Braces

In a 16 page draft copy of proposed rulemaking/guidance specifying "Objective Factors for Classifying Stablizing Braces", the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has proposed entering into rulemaking to delineate the objective factors considered when "evaluating firearms with an attached stabilizing brace to determine whether they are considered firearms under the National Firearms … Continue reading ATF to Institute Rulemaking/Guidance Regarding Stabilizing Braces and Require Registration of Currently Owned Braces

Philadelphia Implements Electronic License to Carry Firearms Application Process

I am pleased to announce that due to Firearm Policy Coalition's federal lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia - Fetsurka, et al v. City of Philadelphia, et al. - Philadelphia has implemented, effective immediately, an electronic license to carry firearms ("LTCF") application process; whereby, as set-forth more in-depth on its website - http://www.ppd-ltc.com, applicants can … Continue reading Philadelphia Implements Electronic License to Carry Firearms Application Process

Philadelphia Gun Permit Unit Closed Due to COVID

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 … Continue reading Philadelphia Gun Permit Unit Closed Due to COVID