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
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
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
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
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
I am proud to announce that today, Wyoming County President Judge Russell D. Shurtleff, specially presiding, signed a Final Order approving a settlement that was reached with Monroe County in the matter of John Doe, et al., v. Monroe County, et al, Monroe Court of Common Pleas docket no. 6384 cv 2015, stemming from the … Continue reading $4 Million Dollar Class Action Settlement Approved Against Monroe County Regarding Disclosure of License to Carry Firearms Applicant Information
Yesterday, the Commonwealth Court issued a notice scheduling En Banc (meaning before the entire Court) oral argument in Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), et al., v. City of Pittsburgh, et al. in relation to Pittsburgh's illegal firearm ordinances, which I was previously successful in having ruled unlawful. As our viewers may remember, in November of … Continue reading Commonwealth Court Schedules En Banc Oral Argument in FOAC, et al. v. Pittsburgh, et al.
As our viewers are aware, I was successful in securing a monumental victory in September of 2019, when the Commonwealth Court, en banc, in Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), et al., v. City of Harrisburg, et al., overruled its prior precedent and held that it was “untenable” to require a plaintiff to declare in a … Continue reading PA Supreme Court to Decide Standing to Challenge Illegal Firearm Ordinances and Regulations
I am proud to announce that a settlement has been reached with Monroe County in the matter of John Doe, et al., v. Monroe County, et al, Monroe Court of Common Pleas docket no. 6384 cv 2015, stemming from the County's disclosure of confidential license to carry firearms (“LTCF”) applicant information through the use of … Continue reading $4 Million Dollar Class Action Settlement Preliminarily Approved Regarding Disclosure of License to Carry Firearms Applicant Information
On Wednesday, July 8th, the Philadelphia Gun Permit (GPU) will initiate its staged reopening for processing licenses to carry firearms ("LTCFs"), after having been shutdown since March due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions. Starting on Wednesday, July 8th through July 15th, from 8:30am to 2pm, individuals can call 215-685-3661 or 215-685-3662 to schedule appointments for … Continue reading Philadelphia Gun Permit Unit Staged Reopening To Start This Week!