Tomorrow, the Pennsylvania House is expected to take up SB 613 which, in pertinent part, adds a COVID-19 Emergency Mitigation Plan For Businesses to The Administrative Code of 1929. As currently provided by SB 613, it would add a Section 2101-C, which declares: (A) GENERAL RULE.--NOTWITHSTANDING 35 PA.C.S. PART V (RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES), … Continue reading URGENT – Contact Your Pennsylvania Representatives IMMEDIATELY Regarding SB 613 to Protect YOUR Firearm Rights
In a monumental decision issued this morning and secured by Chief Counsel Joshua Prince of Firearms Industry Consulting Group, the Commonwealth Court, en banc, overruled its prior precedent and held that it was "untenable" to require a plaintiff to declare in a complaint that he/she has violated or been prosecuted for an enacted ordinance and … Continue reading MONUMENTAL DECISION – Commonwealth Court OVERRULES Prior Decision Regarding Standing to Bring a Challenge to an Unlawful Firearm Ordinance
Today, I obtained a copy of a letter that Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman issued regarding unlawful ordinances in violation of Pennsylvania's preemption statute, which was sent to all the police departments in Lancaster County, as a result of my recent success in Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC) v. Lower Merion Township. As our … Continue reading District Attorney Stedman Issues Firearm Preemption Letter
As our viewers are aware, although 18 U.S.C. § 925(c) provides for federal firearm relief determinations, since 1992, the ATF's appropriation bill - which has been enacted each year thereafter - has provided a restriction on ATF's use of any of the appropriate money for federal firearms relief determinations. As I reported in 2015, an … Continue reading 2018 Appropriations Bill Still Doesn’t Provide Funding For Federal Firearms Relief Determinations – Contact Your U.S. Representatives!
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 5 with a vote of 34 to 16, which is a 2/3rds majority veto-proof vote; however, the vote could have been even stronger if three republicans - Senators Greenleaf, Killion and McGarrigle - had not voted against it. At the last minute, there were five amendments proposed to Senate … Continue reading Firearm Preemption Passes Senate With Veto-Proof Vote
Today, in an 8-3 vote, the Senate Local Government Committee passed an extremely important firearm and ammunition preemption bill - Senate Bill 5 - which in addition to reaffirming/strengthening preemption would also provide for attorney fees and costs, where a local government violates the preemption statute. Senate Bill 5 will now go to the Senate … Continue reading Firearm and Ammunition Preemption Needs YOUR Immediate Support!
The internet is a blaze with articles declaring that ATF just banned ammunition sales as a result of a June 2016 Explosives Newsletter; however, it isn't exactly true (at least, not anymore). The ATF publishes newsletters which provide insight into complex subjects, shifting policies, and guidance on ATF’s plans to enforce regulations. In the June … Continue reading ATF Just Banned Ammunition – Well Not Really…
Recently, attorney Adam Kraut with Firearms Industry Consulting Group, a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., blogged about the guidance recently issued by the Directorate of Defense Trade Control (DDTC) relating to its interpretation of what constitutes manufacturing under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and its implementing regulations, the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations … Continue reading If You Thought ITAR Was Bad…Firearm and Ammunition Manufacturing, Importing (and Gunsmithing) Taxes
Many in the legal profession focus their Supreme Court decision review based on the areas of law in which they practice or otherwise have an interest in, but sometimes, the best support for a particular legal issue comes not from a case on point but in an opinion or concurrence which most would overlook. Last … Continue reading Justice Thomas’ Overlooked Second Amendment Statement
As our readers are aware, Trop Gun Shop, LTD has been at the forefront of defending the rights of those in the Firearms Industry, including individuals, FFLs and Gun Clubs/Ranges. Recently, Trop obtained a determination from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that benefits the entire Firearms Industry. In March of 2013, … Continue reading ATF Determination – FFLs Can Rent Handguns AND Ammunition to Individuals 18 and Older