This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in NY State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), et al. v. Corlett, et al, limited to the issue of "[w]hether the State's denial of petitioners' applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment." This will be an extremely interesting issue to watch, especially given the … Continue reading US Supreme Court Agrees to Hear NY State Rifle and Pistol Association, et al v. Corlett, et al.
As our readers who hold any type of licenses, permits or registrations issued by the State of Maryland may be aware, on March 12, 2020, Governor Hogan issued an executive order suspending the expiration of "all licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations." These "Covered Authorizations," issued by the State of Maryland, its agencies, or any … Continue reading Governor Hogan Amends Executive Order on Maryland License Time Extensions – Renewals to be Required this Summer
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
As our viewers are aware, Chief Counsel Joshua Prince drafted an Amicus Brief in Commonwealth v. Hicks on behalf of Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Firearm Owners Against Crime (“FOAC”) and Firearms Policy Coalition (“FPC”), resulting in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issuing a monumental decision on May 31, 2019, wherein it held, pursuant to … Continue reading US Supreme Court Denies Pennsylvania’s Appeal Regarding Whether Display of a Firearm Constitutes Reasonable Suspicion of Criminal Activity
On January 16, 2018, Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff, specially presiding, issued an Order unsealing a December 13, 2017 Decision and Order in the John Doe, et al. v. Monroe County, et al. case, which granted a preliminary injunction against the Monroe County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Todd Martin in relation to their unlawful … Continue reading Monroe County Sheriff Martin is ENJOINED from Enforcing Unlawful License to Carry Firearms Requirements
The Time-Tribune is reporting that Lackawanna County Judge Thomas Munley disclosed on Wednesday that Donald Trump Jr. applied for a license to carry firearms (LTCF), after Lackawanna County Sheriff Mark McAndrew refused to disclose the purpose of Mr. Trump's visit, likely due to the confidentiality provisions of all LTCF applicant information. 18 Pa.C.S. § 6111(i) … Continue reading Donald Trump Jr.’s Confidential Firearm License Information is Disclosed by Pennsylvania Judge
Today, in a case that will have a major impact on firearm rights in the Commonwealth, Joshua Prince, Esq., Chief Counsel of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group® ("FICG®"), a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., filed an amici curiae brief (or friends of the court brief) before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of … Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: Amici Curiae Brief of Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Firearms Owners Against Crime, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Firearms Policy Foundation Filed in Pennsylvania Supreme Court!
Yesterday, in a devastating en banc opinion by the Pennsylvania Superior Court in Commonwealth v. Anderson, it ruled that an individual who is Act 235 certified is not entitled to carry a firearm to and from work, absent a license to carry firearms, regardless of the language in Act 235 that requires a private security … Continue reading Devastating En Banc Decision Regarding Act 235 Security Guards
As our readers are likely aware, I have frequently addressed Philadelphia's arrogance and non-compliance with Pennsylvania's Uniform Firearms Act, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6101, et seq. and have sued them several times in relation thereto, including a prior class action that resulted in a $1.45 million dollar settlement and numerous policy changes. However, I truly believe … Continue reading Say What?!?! Philadelphia Gun Permit Unit Isn’t All Bad And Is Actively Working To Make Licensing Compliant With The Law
Today, Representative Russ Diamond and 20 pro-Second Amendment/Article 1, Section 21 Representatives submitted a new bill, HB 918, which would remove the character and reputation / good cause provision of 18 Pa.C.S. 6109. Many issuing authorities, like Philadelphia and Monroe have utilized the character and reputation provision to prevent law-abiding individuals from obtaining an LTCF. … Continue reading Removal of PA Character and Reputation Clause for an LTCF