City of Philadelphia ENJOINED from enforcing lost and stolen firearm ordinance

Due to the steadfast support of Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC) and Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Chief Counsel Joshua Prince of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG) was successful, pursuant to an Order issued on January 9, 2020, in enjoining the enforcement of the City of Philadelphia's lost and stolen firearm ordinance, until a final … Continue reading City of Philadelphia ENJOINED from enforcing lost and stolen firearm ordinance

Pennsylvania State Police Releases Form for Purchase of “Partially-Manufactured Frame or Receiver for a Pistol or Rifle”

Today, we became aware that on or about January 9, 2020, a letter sent out by the Pennsylvania State Police ("PSP") to Federal Firearms Licensees ("FFLs") that pursuant to what it refers to as "the Pennsylvania Attorney General's binding opinion", the PSP has promulgated an "Application for Purchase (Partially-Manufactured Frame or Receiver for a Pistol … Continue reading Pennsylvania State Police Releases Form for Purchase of “Partially-Manufactured Frame or Receiver for a Pistol or Rifle”

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 Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in Violation of the Law, Classifies 80% Lowers as “Firearms”

Today, in a press release entitled " AG Shapiro, Gov. Wolf: 80% Receivers Are Firearms" Pennsylvania Attorney General issued an opinion letter regarding, putatively whether 80% lowers (which have no legal definition or meaning) are firearms for purposes of some, but not all, provisions of the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act ("UFA"). While acknowledging that "there … Continue reading Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in Violation of the Law, Classifies 80% Lowers as “Firearms”

US Supreme Court Denies Pennsylvania’s Appeal Regarding Whether Display of a Firearm Constitutes Reasonable Suspicion of Criminal Activity

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

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

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

MONUMENTAL DECISION – Commonwealth Court OVERRULES Prior Decision Regarding Standing to Bring a Challenge to an Unlawful Firearm Ordinance

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