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PA Bill Number: HB717

Title: In firearms and other dangerous articles, further providing for definitions and for possession of firearm by minor.

Description: In firearms and other dangerous articles, further providing for definitions and for possession of firearm by minor. ...

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Last Action Date: Feb 27, 2021

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BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Vacates Duncan v. Becerra High Capacity Magazine Ruling, Will Rehear the Case :: 02/26/2021

Last summer a three-judge panel of the ninth circuit ruled, in a 2-1 decision, that California’s “high capacity” magazine ban was unconstitutional. As expected, California’s Attorney General immediately appealed the ruling in the case, Duncan v. Becerra, because as the AG said that the time . . .

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Gun Storage Law :: 02/23/2021

The Washington Court of Appeals has ruled that a local gun storage law passed in the city of Edmonds, Washington back in 2018 violates the state’s firearm preemption statute, delivering a huge win to gun owners and Second Amendment organizations that had challenged the local law in court.

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Supreme Court rejects Misch appeal in firearms case :: 02/20/2021

BENNINGTON — The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected Max Misch’s appeal on constitutional grounds regarding firearms-related charges he faces in Bennington.

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FPC Files Proposed Findings of Fact and Law in Lawsuit Challenging California’s “Assault Weapons” Ban :: 02/18/2021

SAN DIEGO, CA (February 18, 2021) — This week, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed its post-trial Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in Miller v. Becerra, its federal Second Amendment challenge to the State of California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.” The filing can be viewed atFPCLegal.org.

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Maryland General Assembly Overrides Governor Hogan’s Veto, Private Sales/Transfers of Rifles and Shotguns to Begin Requiring Facilitation by FFL :: 02/18/2021

Late last week, the Maryland General Assembly (MD GA) voted to override Governor Hogan’s Veto of SB 208. As a result, SB 208 will become law and go into effect on March 13, 2021. As any of our Maryland readers are surely aware, the Maryland General Assembly is no friend to the Second Amendment. Senate Bill 208 and House Bill 4were introduced in January 2020 early in the legislative session. By mid-March, they had each passed their respective legislative bodies and were on the way to Governor Hogan, who issued a veto in May 2020. Then, last week on February 12, 2021, the MD GA voted to override the veto.

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FPC Lawsuit Results in Win for Second Amendment Rights, 1.2 Million Allegheny County Residents :: 02/17/2021

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 17, 2021) — Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) is pleased to announced that it has resolved its Cowey v. Mullen right-to-carry lawsuit filed less than three months ago with a binding settlement agreement resulting in permanent, positive changes to the carry licensing policies of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and its Sheriff’s Office. More information about the lawsuit can be found at PAcarrycase.com.

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Brief Filed in Maryland ‘Rapid Fire Trigger Activators’ Ban Case :: 02/13/2021

A “friend of the court” brief was filed in the United States Supreme Court Thursday by attorneys Alan Beck and Stephen Stamboulieh on behalf of Scott Heuman, Owen Monroe, and myself in support of Maryland Shall Issue’s challenge to their states ban on “rapid-fire trigger activators.” Our interest is that we were Plaintiffs in a similar case against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and as the brief explains:

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FPC Continues Fight in Anti-Rights Lawsuit Seeking to Force ATF to Expand Definition of “Firearm” to Include So-Called “80%” Objects :: 02/12/2021

Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of an important brief to defend constitutional and statutory rights in a federal lawsuit brought by anti-Second Amendment cities and organizations that seeks to force the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to redefine the term “firearm” to include non-firearm objects, including so-called “80%” objects. The brief can be viewed at FPCLegal.org.

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Federal Right-to-Carry Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed Against The City of Philadelphia, Police Commissioner Outlaw, and Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Robert Evanchick :: 02/10/2021

Federal District Court Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied motions to dismiss filed by the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, as well as Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Colonel Robert Evanchick, in the FPC right-to-carry Second Amendment lawsuit Fetsurka v. Outlaw.

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Say What?!?! PA Supreme Court holds that carrying a concealed firearm sometimes includes carrying a visible firearm :: 02/09/2021

In a decision that went virtually unnoticed during the high point of COVID-19, in July of 2020, the PA Supreme Court issued a decision in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Darren Montgomery, 234 A.3d 523 (PA 2020), holding that sometimes a visible firearm is a concealed firearm. Say what?!?!

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Attorney General Jeff Landry Joins Fight for Second Amendment Rights :: 02/05/2021

Two men in New York state were told by a licensing official that they had not demonstrated a sufficient need to carry a firearm for self defense outside their home. 

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Judge Gives Green Light To Lawsuit Against Philly PD Gun Permit Unit :: 02/05/2021

Over the past year we’ve written extensively about the long delays for gun permits and concealed carry licenses in jurisdictions from coast-to-coast, including Philadelphia, where the closing of the police department’s Gun Permit Unit helped to create a months-long backlog of applicants who’ve been forced to wait in a legal limbo as a result. Only after a lawsuit was filed did the GPU re-open for business, though by appointment only.

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Man Who Lost Parents In Synagogue Shooting Sues NRA :: 01/23/2021

Marc Simon’s parents were murdered in the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2018, in which eleven people were killed. Simon is now suing the National Rifle Association, claiming that the organization was responsible for radicalizing the man who allegedly committed that atrocity by infecting him with “white supremacist conspiracy theories.”

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Gun Use in US Suicides Kept Secret With 2nd Circuit Ruling :: 01/20/2021

MANHATTAN (CN) — The U.S. government need not release statistics on guns used in suicides or attempted suicides, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday, reversing what had been a victory for gun-regulation advocates.

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Second Amendment Foundation Launches Lawsuit Against ATF :: 01/17/2021

The Second Amendment Foundation, along with two private citizens and Washington State-based gunmaker Rainier Arms, have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives violated the Administrative Procedures Act “relating to its flip-flop regulation of arm braces on semiautomatic pistols.”

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Charges On Hold For Anti-Trump Protester Arrested With Gun In D.C. :: 01/13/2021

A Michigan resident arrested in Washington, D.C. last week on charges of illegal possession of a handgun, extended ammunition magazine, and unregistered ammunition has caught a break from D.C. prosecutors, who say they’ve decided “for now” to not pursue charges in the case.

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NY Judge Says Mossberg Shockwave Not A Firearm Under State Law :: 01/11/2021

William Nolan is a retired New York Police Department detective who was arrested in December of 2018 for possession of unlicensed weapons; two Mossberg Shockwaves and a stun gun. Nolan was facing the prospect of 15 years in state prison, and prosecutors were intent on taking the case to trial (for reasons we’ll detail later).

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Ohio High Court Upholds Ban on Gun Possession While Drunk :: 12/24/2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CN) — A 1974 Ohio law that criminalizes possession of a firearm while intoxicated does not violate the Second Amendment and can be enforced against citizens in their own homes, a divided state high court ruled Wednesday.

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Smith & Wesson Sue New Jersey’s Anti-Gun Attorney General Grewal :: 12/23/2020

-(AmmoLand.com)- New Jersey's tyrannical Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, is adding to his dubious list of anti-Second Amendment activism.  On 15 December 2020, Smith & Wesson sued Grewal, asking for relief, for using his office to violate the First Amendment, Second Amendment, as well as the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment protections of the U.S. Constitution.

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Rights Groups Sue New Mexico Gov., Challenging Emergency Order :: 12/19/2020

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association and Firearms Policy Coalition today filed a federal lawsuit against New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, challenging her order mandating the closure of lawful retail firearms businesses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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