Yesterday, the Commonwealth Court issued a notice scheduling En Banc (meaning before the entire Court) oral argument in Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), et al., v. City of Pittsburgh, et al. in relation to Pittsburgh's illegal firearm ordinances, which I was previously successful in having ruled unlawful. As our viewers may remember, in November of … Continue reading Commonwealth Court Schedules En Banc Oral Argument in FOAC, et al. v. Pittsburgh, et al.
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
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”
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
Chief Counsel Joshua Prince of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group, a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., was successful in obtaining a decision by Judge James of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, striking down all three of Pittsburgh's illegal ordinances - 2018-1218, 2018-1219, and 2018-1220 - which unlawfully regulated firearms and ammunition … Continue reading Pittsburgh’s Illegal Gun Ordinances Struck Down
This morning, the Final Rule banning bump-stock-type devices was published in the Federal Register. The Rule had been announced last week and just hours after being announced saw its first challenge filed by FICG on behalf of Damien Guedes, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, and the Madison Society Foundation. The Rule is set to take … Continue reading Final Rule Banning Bumpstocks Published in Federal Register
Earlier today, the Department of Justice released the approved Final Rule on bumpstocks. As was expected, the Rule alters the definition of the term "machine gun" (in the regulations pertaining to the Gun Control Act and National Firearms Act) to include the following language * * * For purposes of this definition, the term "automatically" … Continue reading FICG Files Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction Challenging ATF’s Final Rule on Bumpstocks
Today, Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG), on behalf of Firearms Policy Foundation ("FPF"), filed a, expedited Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request with ATF requesting copies of all prior determinations issued by ATF regarding the lawfulness of bump stocks. As the comment period only permits comments to be submitted until June 27, 2018 and in … Continue reading FOIA Filed with ATF over Bump Stock Determinations
Today the ATF published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Bump-Stock-Type Devices. The comment period is open for 90 days, making comments due on or before June 27, 2018. The proposed rule would alter the definition of a machine gun in the regulations pertaining to the National Firearms Act (27 C.F.R. § 479.1, et seq.), … Continue reading ATF Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RE: Bump-Stock-Type Devices
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!