Today, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf issued a proclamation declaring Pennsylvania's heroin and opioid epidemic a statewide disaster emergency, seemingly triggering the firearm prohibitions found in 18 Pa.C.S. § 6107 during declared emergencies. Specifically, Section 6107 provides: (a) General rule.--No person shall carry a firearm upon the public streets or upon any public property during an emergency … Continue reading With a Stroke of a Pen, PA Governor Wolf Limits Firearm Rights by Proclaiming State of Emergency
Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Medical Marijuana Program Patient Registry had reached 3,800 registered patients in its first week of registration. While individuals may be able to lawfully possess marijuana in Pennsylvania under Pennsylvania law if the person is registered on the Patient Registry and has been approved for use by … Continue reading Are PA Medical Marijuana Patients Prohibited From Possessing and Purchasing Firearms and Ammunition?
Yesterday, the Superior Court issued its decision in Commonwealth v. Ford, 196 ED 2016, in relation to whether natural corrosion (i.e. rust) over a firearm serial number constitutes a violation of Pennsylvania's Uniform Firearms Act for purposes of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Section 6110.2 provides in pertinent part: No person … Continue reading Superior Court – Does Natural Corrosion of a Firearm Serial Number Violate Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act?
We are extremely proud to announce that Attorney Joshua Prince was successful in a second Second Amendment as-applied challenge in relation to a prior mental health commitment. As our viewers are likely aware from Attorney Prince’s blog article Monumental Decision from the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania Regarding Mental Health Commitments and the Second Amendment, … Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: Monumental Mental Health Second Amendment As-Applied Challenge Success
As I reviewed back in May of 2015, the Lower Merion Township taxpayers were already on the hook for approximately $4,900 in legal fees, as a result of its unlawful firearm ordinances. Although the Commonwealth Court declared the ordinances unlawful and the PA Supreme Court refused to hear the Township's appeal of the matter, the … Continue reading Part 2: Lower Merion Township – Taxpayers on the Hook for Legal Expenses related to Illegal Firearms Ordinance
As our viewers are aware, we became aware on August 30, 2017, that at its upcoming September 19th meeting, Lower Merion Township is considering a new firearm discharge ordinance, even after the Commonwealth Court struck down its current discharge ordinance and held that municipalities may not regulate discharge. As a result, in a letter sent … Continue reading Montgomery District Attorney Requested to Investigate and Charge Lower Merion Township for Proposed Firearm Regulation
Today, I became aware that Lower Merion Township is considering a new, unlawful firearm discharge regulation, after having their current discharge provision ruled unlawful by the Commonwealth Court and denied review by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Firearm Owners Against Crime, et al. v. Lower Merion Township, 151 A.3d 1172 (Pa. Cmwlth. Ct. 2016) (petition … Continue reading Lower Merion Township Considering Unlawful Firearm Regulation After Losing On The Same Basis – Taxpayers To Be On The Hook!
For a while now, I've had on my bucket list to attend an armed vehicle defense class, so that I could be better prepared if it became necessary for me to defend myself (or others) from within my vehicle, especially given the amount that I travel and find myself in a vehicle. Unfortunately, with my … Continue reading Armed Vehicle Defense – Are You Actually Prepared?
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the U.S. Government's request for appeal in the combined cases of Attorney General Sessions v. Binerup and Suarez, leaving in place the District Court and Third Circuit decisions holding that an individual can successfully bring a Second Amendment as-applied challenge to a non-violent misdemeanor firearms disability. I … Continue reading SCOTUS Denies Certiorari in Binderup/Suarez
Recently, there has been a lot of public interest and questions asked about Pennsylvania Senate Bill 383, which seeks to provide school districts with the ability to approve school personnel to carry firearms in schools. As many of you are aware, I fully support having armed school personnel in our schools; however, this bill suffers … Continue reading The Problems With Senate Bill 383 Permitting Teachers To Carry Firearms In Pennsylvania