The Governor has once again chosen to hit restaurants and liquor license holders. This time he’s hit them at their most critical time of the year. From talking with dozens of restaurant and bar owners, if you close now, you will likely end up bankrupt and/or permanently closed. My analysis has not changed. I continue to … Continue reading The Governor’s New Shutdown Order – Considerations for Restaurants
In a decision just issued in County of Butler, et al. v. Governor Wolf, et al., Judge William Stickman, IV of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has ruled that "(1) the congregate gathering limits imposed by Defendants' mitigation orders violate the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment; (2) … Continue reading Federal Judge Rules PA COVID Restrictions UNCONSTITUTIONAL
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!
Although I was previously quoted in an article, FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims It Is Illegal To Wear A Mask If You Have A Concealed Carry Permit In Pennsylvania, explaining that it is not illegal in Pennsylvania to wear a mask while conceal carrying a firearm, pursuant to a valid license to carry firearms, few … Continue reading It Is Not Illegal in Pennsylvania to Wear a Mask While Carrying a Firearm
With many still stuck at home or only working limited hours at work due to COVID-19, this may be the perfect time to amend your gun trust, will, and other estate planning documents to ensure that they take into account the changes resulting from ATF-41F, situational changes in your life, and additional protections that we … Continue reading Now May Be The Time To Amend Your Gun Trust and Will!
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
We just got notice that the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office is resuming hearings for unemployment claim challenges. For the moment, all unemployment hearings will be conducted with all parties appearing by telephone. As is their standard practice, all unemployment hearings are audio recorded. We’ve had several questions about unemployment eligibility in the past few weeks. The … Continue reading Unemployment Eligibility and COVID/Coronavirus Concerns
We recently became aware that several Pennsylvania Municipalities have imposed curfews due to coronavirus/COVID concerns. Upon initial review, the curfews are likely illegal. So far, we're aware of the following curfews: West Hazleton Borough: http://www.westhazletonboro.org/Pages/Home.aspx Hazleton: http://www.hazletoncity.org/Latest-news/emergency-proclamation-from-hazleton-mayor-jeff-cusat.html West York: https://westyorkpa.gov/ Freeland: https://www.freelandborough.org/ Hazle Township: http://www.hazletownship.com/ While we assume there are more municipalities that have enacted … Continue reading Pennsylvania Municipalities Enacting Unlawful Curfews
It is with a heavy heart that I write this article. Unbeknownst to me, on Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court abruptly issued an Order promulgating a change to Section 701 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration. This change adds section (c)(7) to the Rule providing for "Temporary Judicial Assignments to the Supreme Court. Requests … Continue reading Abrupt Rule Change – Temporary Judicial Assignments to the PA Supreme Court – Has The Court Been Afflicted By COVID?
As many businesses have been ordered shuttered by Governor Wolf, there is a growing concern by all businesses, both big and small, as to how they can pay their debts and survive, while being forced to close by the Governor. Many business are unaware of business interruption insurance, which is frequently bundled with your general … Continue reading Has Your Business Shuttered By Governor Wolf? You May Have Insurance Coverage