Year in Review: Major Pennsylvania and Federal Firearm Law Cases from 2018

As the year is 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 2018. Franklin v. Sessions, et al. – in a monumental federal case of … Continue reading Year in Review: Major Pennsylvania and Federal Firearm Law Cases from 2018

Final Rule Banning Bumpstocks Published in Federal Register

This morning, the Final Rule banning bump-stock-type devices was published in the Federal Register. The Rule had been announced last week and just hours after being announced saw its first challenge filed by FICG on behalf of Damien Guedes, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and the Madison Society Foundation. The Rule is set to take … Continue reading Final Rule Banning Bumpstocks Published in Federal Register

ATF Confirms That It Is Lawful For FFLs To Utilize “Ditto Marks” In Their A&D Records

On December 19, 2018, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a responsive determination to me that it is lawful for a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) to utilize what are referred to as ditto marks (i.e. a set of quotation marks or " ") in their acquisition and disposition (A&D) record, after … Continue reading ATF Confirms That It Is Lawful For FFLs To Utilize “Ditto Marks” In Their A&D Records

FICG Files Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction Challenging ATF’s Final Rule on Bumpstocks

Earlier today, the Department of Justice released the approved Final Rule on bumpstocks. As was expected, the Rule alters the definition of the term "machine gun" (in the regulations pertaining to the Gun Control Act and National Firearms Act) to include the following language * * * For purposes of this definition, the term "automatically" … Continue reading FICG Files Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction Challenging ATF’s Final Rule on Bumpstocks

ATF Discontinues Accessory Classifications

Moments ago, I received an email that ATF's Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch would no longer offer classifications on accessories, effective immediately. The Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch (FTISB) classifies firearms as defined by the Gun Control Act (GCA) and National Firearms Act (NFA) based on the configuration and the design features of the firearm … Continue reading ATF Discontinues Accessory Classifications

ATF Unhinged: Prosecutions Made Up Out of Whole Cloth – You Might Be Next…

Since the Law Vegas shooting and what some contend has been a takeover by Department of Justice (which in some contexts appears to be accurate), ATF has begun internally reversing prior determinations and making up new interpretations of law, in the absence of informing the Firearms Industry or the public of these reversals and/or new … Continue reading ATF Unhinged: Prosecutions Made Up Out of Whole Cloth – You Might Be Next…

MONUMENTAL DECISION – Federal Court Rules It’s Unconstitutional to Strip Second Amendment Rights as a Result of a Second DUI

Today, Chief Counsel Joshua Prince and attorney Adam Kraut secured a major victory for Second Amendment jurisprudence in Holloway v. Sessions, et al., 1:17-CV-00081, where Chief Judge Christopher Connor of the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled in a 21 page memorandum that it was unconstitutional as-applied to Mr. Holloway to preclude him in perpetuity from … Continue reading MONUMENTAL DECISION – Federal Court Rules It’s Unconstitutional to Strip Second Amendment Rights as a Result of a Second DUI

Are You Federally Prohibited From Possessing Firearms And Want To Challenge It or Otherwise Restore Your Rights?

If you are federally prohibited, pursuant to criteria in 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), as a result of a non-violent misdemeanor or an involuntary mental health commitment and desire to restore your Second Amendment rights, you may be able to file a Second Amendment as-applied challenge in the federal district court. While these types of challenges … Continue reading Are You Federally Prohibited From Possessing Firearms And Want To Challenge It or Otherwise Restore Your Rights?

Undetectable Firearms and 3D Printing

Special Guest Author - Rick Vasquez of Rick Vasquez Firearms LLC and former ATF Acting Chief of the Firearms Technology Branch If you had zero knowledge of firearms as many talking heads on the media display, you might believe there is a new phenomenon called 3D printing of guns. Additionally, you may believe polymer firearms … Continue reading Undetectable Firearms and 3D Printing

ATF releases 2018 Report on Firearm Commerce in the United States (Numbers, Bar Graphs, and Pie Charts!)

ATF has released its annual Firearms Commerce in the United States Statistical Update for 2018. As my one friend put it, “Let the nerdery begin.” To be fair, you have to be pretty nerdy to enjoy this stuff, hence me writing about it. The Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER) is only current through … Continue reading ATF releases 2018 Report on Firearm Commerce in the United States (Numbers, Bar Graphs, and Pie Charts!)