The last time I checked, neither state government nor the Courts had any power, real or imagined, to amend the U.S. Constitution. A recent ruling from the 9th Circuit, however, suggests maybe I need to check again. In a decision that confounds common sense, plain reading of the Constitutional text as much as it creates … Continue reading ATTENTION: The 9th Circuit amends the 2nd Amendment…
Today, the Superior Court issued a decision in Commonwealth v. Goslin, which addressed the defense in 18 Pa.C.S. § 912 that a weapon could be carried on school property for other lawful purposes. In this case, Mr. Goslin attended an informal hearing with school officials regarding his son's possession of a knife on school property. … Continue reading Devastating Decision from the Superior Court on “Other Lawful Purpose”
As reported by the Washington Post, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D), unilaterally, plans to announce Tuesday that Virginia will no longer recognize concealed carry handgun permits from 25 states that have reciprocity agreements with Virginia as of February 1, 2016. Of the 25 state, Pennsylvania is listed as one of them. As a … Continue reading Virginia Reciprocity with Pennsylvania to End on February 1, 2016
Since the prosecution of Shaneen Allen, there has been a push across the United States for national reciprocity but few are aware of the proposed reciprocity bills. While I have some concerns about national reciprocity (which I review below), it is important to understand the four currently pending bills regarding national reciprocity. Senate Bill 498, … Continue reading The 411 on National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry
I am happy to report that New Jersey's Attorney General, John Hoffman, has issued a new directive in response to the unnerving practice of NJ prosecutors to fully prosecute individuals for relatively minor infractions and misunderstandings of New Jersey's firearms laws. In response to outrage over the case of Shaneen Allen - the Pennsylvania woman … Continue reading Some Positive News from . . . New Jersey?
Note: I am not licensed to practice law in California. This article is merely for news and commentary purposes. The 9th Circuit in a 2-1 decision earlier today invalidated California's extremely restrictive concealed carry regulatory system. This system allows a great deal of leeway to individual counties and areas that issue permits. In this specific … Continue reading The 9th Circuit Invalidates California’s Restrictive Concealed Carry Laws
The question frequently arises as to where an individual with a valid License to Carry Firearms (LTCF) may not carry his/her firearm. For purposes of this article, I will focus strictly on State law places and not the federal place that are prohibited. 1. Court Facilities – Pursuant to 18 Pa.C.S. 913 and individual may not carry … Continue reading Places in PA that Individuals are Prohibited from Carrying at or in, even with a License to Carry Firearms