Year in Review: Major Pennsylvania and Federal Firearms Law Cases of 2019

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. Commonwealth v. Hicks - the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a 53 page … Continue reading Year in Review: Major Pennsylvania and Federal Firearms Law Cases of 2019

Pennsylvania Announces 2020 Average Weekly Wage

by Karl VoigtPennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry has announced the 2020 Statewide Average Weekly Wage. This figure serves as the basis for determining the maximum and minimum weekly Workers’ Compensation benefit rates in Pennsylvania. The figure has increased 3% to $1081 from the 2019 average of $1049. This increase affects the weekly rates paid … Continue reading Pennsylvania Announces 2020 Average Weekly Wage

LIMITED SUNDAY HUNTING COMING TO PENNSYLVANIA IN 2020

Last week, just before Thanksgiving, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 147 to give Pennsylvania hunters three new days of Sunday hunting each year. This is a welcome change for those hunters who work a standard business week, go to school, or generally have responsibilities on weekdays who have been relegated to hunting one day per … Continue reading LIMITED SUNDAY HUNTING COMING TO PENNSYLVANIA IN 2020

Harrisburg Petitions PA Supreme Court to Review Standard for Standing in Firearm Preemption Matters

Late last night, the City of Harrisburg filed a petition for allocatur with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court seeking review of the Commonwealth Court's en banc decision in FOAC, et al v. City of Harrisburg, et al., where the court held that one does not have to violate the law in order to have standing to … Continue reading Harrisburg Petitions PA Supreme Court to Review Standard for Standing in Firearm Preemption Matters

Pittsburgh Appeals Ruling That Its Ordinances Are Unlawful

Today, we learned that on the 18th, the City of Pittsburgh filed an appeal to the Commonwealth Court of Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge James' decision of October 29, 2019, holding that the City's firearm ordinances were unlawful. This was after we previously learned of a conspiracy by Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto and Allegheny … Continue reading Pittsburgh Appeals Ruling That Its Ordinances Are Unlawful

GunSenseUS Threatening PA Sheriffs if They Don’t Disclose Confidential License to Carry Firearms Applicant Information

It recently came to my attention that GunSenseUS - in direct violation of Pennsylvania law - is threatening in a two page letter to send press releases to local papers, if PA Sheriffs do not agree to disclose confidential license to carry firearms ("LTCF") applicant information. Pursuant to 18 Pa.C.S. 6111(g)(3.1), in pertinent part: Any … Continue reading GunSenseUS Threatening PA Sheriffs if They Don’t Disclose Confidential License to Carry Firearms Applicant Information

Law requiring the removal of ice and snow from car to be voted on by Pennsylvania Senate and House.

On Monday, September 24, 2019, the state Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved State Sen. Lisa Boscola ’s bill know as Christine’s Law. The bill is named after Christine Lambert, a motorist killed in 2005 when a 10-inch chunk of ice dislodged from a trash truck and struck the vehicle she was driving causing her death. … Continue reading Law requiring the removal of ice and snow from car to be voted on by Pennsylvania Senate and House.

Governor calls for expedited pardon process for Pennsylvanians with small amount, non-violent marijuana convictions.

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Governor Tom Wolf and Lt Governor John Fetterman held a news conference to announce that it is time for Pennsylvania to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana. Previously, Governor Wolf had stated that he wanted to study the effects of legalization on the 11 states that had already legalized adult … Continue reading Governor calls for expedited pardon process for Pennsylvanians with small amount, non-violent marijuana convictions.

Chief Counsel Joshua Prince Testifies Regarding Mental Health and Proposals Restricting Second Amendment Rights Before the PA Senate Judiciary Committee

Today, Chief Counsel Joshua Prince of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®), a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., in conjunction with Psychologist H. Anthony Semone, testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committees, regarding Mental and Behavioral Health, Second Amendment and Other Gun Related Issues. You can find a copy of Chief Counsel Prince’s … Continue reading Chief Counsel Joshua Prince Testifies Regarding Mental Health and Proposals Restricting Second Amendment Rights Before the PA Senate Judiciary Committee

PA Senate Judiciary Hearings – The Who, What, Where and When, Including the Testimony

Today, Senator, and Chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lisa Baker, posted on her website the written testimony submitted for the upcoming Judiciary Committee hearings on September 24th and 25th regarding Mental and Behavioral Health, Second Amendment and Other Gun Related Issues. The testimony for September 24th can be found here and the testimony for … Continue reading PA Senate Judiciary Hearings – The Who, What, Where and When, Including the Testimony