Addressing several issues of first impression, the Commonwealth Court on Wednesday issued a 20 page decision and entered a judgment of approximately $6,500.00 against the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) for erroneously denying an individual his right to keep and bear arms. With eight pages of the decision addressing the factual and procedural background, the case … Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: Monumental Decision Imposing Financial Judgment on Pennsylvania State Police for Violating Second Amendment Rights!
PSP PICS System Stripped of Funding for 2017-2018
At midnight last night, in the absence of Governor Wolf taking any action, HB 218 became law, which, inter alia, stripped the Pennsylvania State Police of the $4,575,000 of additional funding sought by the PSP for the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) for 2017-2018. As you can see, although the PSP putatively did not have … Continue reading PSP PICS System Stripped of Funding for 2017-2018
Berks County DA Dismisses Charges in Relation to Putative Domestic Violence
This week, attorney Jorge Pereira, in conjunction with Chief Counsel Joshua Prince, was successful in having the Berks County District Attorney dismiss felony charges against a client in relation to him putatively providing false information on an application to purchase a firearm as a result of a prior conviction, which the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) … Continue reading Berks County DA Dismisses Charges in Relation to Putative Domestic Violence
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, You’re a Trustee, So No Background Check For You!
In late March, I wrote an article questioning whether ATF directed FFLs to abuse the NICS system in “requiring” a background check on a trustee to be performed on the transfer of a silencer to a trust. Furthermore, I contended that a Pennsylvania FFL who utilized the PICS system to perform such a check was … Continue reading Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, You’re a Trustee, So No Background Check For You!
Has ATF Directed FFLs to Abuse the NICS System?
It’s no secret that ATF told at least one FFL they need to run a NICS check on trustees picking up NFA firearms on behalf of a trust. In a letter addressed to Dakota Silencer, ATF explained: The term "person" is defined by the GCA at 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(1), to include "any individual, corporation, company, … Continue reading Has ATF Directed FFLs to Abuse the NICS System?