Starting this week, at the direction of Chairman Ron Marisco, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee held week-long "Public Safety - gun laws and violence" hearings regarding numerous pending firearms-related bills, which seek to restrict firearm rights in Pennsylvania in every regard from outright banning all semi-automatic firearms and high capacity magazines to banning any part … Continue reading Pennsylvania Firearm Rights in the Crosshairs – The Rights That Stand to be Infringed
Yesterday, Governor Wolf brought Pennsylvania hunting into the 21st Century by permitting the use of leashed tracking dogs - which is permitted by 35 other states - by enacting SB 135. SB 135 amends Section 2383 of the Pennsylvania Game Code by permitting an individual to: Make use of a leashed tracking dog to track … Continue reading Governor Wolf to Permit Hunting with Leashed Tracking Dogs
Having watched a lot of Law & Order, most individuals believe that upon arrest, they will be provided at least one free phone call but that isn't exactly true in Pennsylvania. Upon arrest, there is no immediate right to a phone call in Pennsylvania. Within a reasonable time of being arrested, the Police officer must … Continue reading After an Arrest in Pennsylvania, You Get a Free Phone Call, Right? Well, Not Exactly…
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
As the year is coming to a close, I 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 2017. Franklin v. Sessions, et al. - in a monumental federal case of … Continue reading Major Pennsylvania Firearm Law Cases from 2017
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!
In previous blogs, I have discussed the protections provided consumers under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). The FDCPA is a powerful deterrence to unscrupulous debt collectors and unlawful debt collection practices. The FDCPA is a comprehensive and reticulated statutory scheme, involving clear definitions, precise requirements, and particularized remedies. The validity of the … Continue reading Pennsylvania consumers protections under the Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act
Today, I am formally announcing my endorsement of Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman for the Pennsylvania Superior Court. While some may be surprised with my endorsement of District Attorney Stedman - as I have been critical of him in relation to two specific matters - candidate Stedman provided me the unique opportunity to speak … Continue reading Endorsement – Craig Stedman for Superior Court Judge
As our viewers are aware, I previously blogged about some of the issues with SB 383 in relation to permitting Pennsylvania teachers to carry firearms in schools. While some minor amendments have been offered in relation to it, there are still a plethora of issues, which preclude me from supporting it, even though I am … Continue reading Absent Additional Amendments, Oppose Senate Bill 383 Permitting Teachers To Carry Firearms In Pennsylvania
On April 15, 2017, Chief Counsel Joshua Prince, Attorney Eric Winter and Attorney Adam Kraut of Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®) in conjunction with Rockwell Tactical, will offer a four (4) hour seminar on state and federal firearms law at the DoubleTree Resort at 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602. The cost is $20 … Continue reading 4hr Firearms Law Seminar – April 15, 2017 with Rockwell Tactical!