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Today, Philadelphia Inquirer Daily News columnist Helen Ubinas admitted to seemingly violating state and federal firearms laws in relation to her purchase of a rifle for purposes of an article detailing the process to lawfully purchase a firearm. Initially, Columnist Ubinas chronicled her purchase of an Ar-15 rifle from a Philadelphia Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) in her art ...
On Friday July 22, 2016, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) released a letter issuing guidance on the requirement of firearm manufacturers and gunsmiths to register with DDTC under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). There has been constant discussion on the internet regarding whether an individual who has obtained a federal firearms licens ...
On May 25, 2016 ATF released an Open Letter to Chief Law Enforcement Officers regarding ATF 41F. The letter can be found here. The letter briefly describes some of the changes that will occur after the rule is implemented. Of note is the notification requirements for the CLEO. In short, all legal entities will be required to forward a copy of all Applications to Make (Form 1 ...
After years of waiting and numerous amendments to Senate Bill 3 (“SB3”) Pennsylvania is one step away from legalizing medical marijuana. SB3 was approved by the Senate last May by a 40-7 vote. Earlier this year, the House significantly amended SB3 and approved the amended SB3 by 149-43 vote. The amended SB3 was then sent to the Senate for review and approval.
Here at the Prince Law Blog, we have been committed to providing continued coverage of what is quickly proving to be among the most definitive cases of the SCOTUS’s current calendar year – United States v. Texas. The last we blogged, the United States had promptly appealed the split decision of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which itself had upheld a U.S.
Today, the Superior Court issued a decision in Commonwealth v. Gibson, which addressed the defense in 18 Pa.C.S. § 912 that a weapon could be carried on school property for other lawful purposes. In this case, Mr. Gibson attended an informal hearing with school officials regarding his son’s possession of a knife on school property.
Today, the Superior Court, en banc, heard oral argument in the matter of Commonwealth v. Goslin, 1114 MDA 2015, where Mr. Goslin was previously convicted for merely possessing a lawful pocketknife on school property. As many of our viewers are aware, I was previously successful in having the court vacate its prior decisions and order re-briefing and re-argument.
On April 1, 2016, the Haverford Township Police Department deleted Facebook replies critical of their Facebook post from March 31, 2016; thereby, violating all the Facebook responders’ First Amendment rights. The issue began on March 31, 2016 at approximately 7:56 PM, when the Haverford Township PD posted to its Facebook account the following: At approximately 1221 hrs today.
On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that case of Birchfield v. North Dakota, 14-1468, in which the Court held that while implied consent laws relative to driving under the influence (DUI) may impose civil penalties, it is unconstitutional for them to impose criminal penalties for refusing to consent.
Not having learned from the debacle that is ATF 41P/F, the National Firearms Act Trade and Collector Association (“NFATCA”) has once again petitioned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) to enter into rulemaking, this time in relation to silencer engravings. In a proposed rule that will be published tomorrow, May 4, 2016, in the Federal Register as A ...
On Friday, May 20th, 2016, the Commonwealth Court issued a monumental decision in John Doe, et al., v. Franklin County, et al., 1634 C.D. 2015, a case that I litigated, where it declared that the disclosure of license to carry firearms (“LTCF”) applicant information to anyone other than law enforcement acting within the scope of their official duties or the applicant (or someon ...
Earlier today I received an email response from ATF in relation to FICG’s Comment in Opposition to ATF’s Proposed Changes to the 4473 Form which I drafted. You can find a copy of their response here. In the comment I raised a number of issues including that ATF is the incorrect federal administrative agency for determinations of prohibition under 18 U.S.C.
Today, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, pursuant to 18 Pa.C.S. 6109(k)(2), published the required annual report on license to carry firearm (LTCF) reciprocity agreements for 2015. You can find a copy here. Interestingly, although I am acutely aware that Idaho has been reaching out to the Attorney General’s Office for ...
As our viewers are likely aware, Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG)® (FICG®), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., and Stone Mountain Tactical, LLC will be hosting our next EVOLUTION of our machinegun shoot at The Shooters Gauntlet on April 30th and May 1st, in celebration of the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution, and Article 1, Section 21 of the PA Constitution.