Presidents’ report for February

I write this report on our recent CEPTA event this past Tuesday February 17th with the help of our video recording, as I was not able to attend due to prior commitments. I am very happy to announce in spite of this or maybe because of this, the event was a spectacular hit with over 60 guests in attendance.
We actually had two hiccups that night as we were scheduled to have a guest presenter from the NRA national headquarters, however because of nasty weather down in the Washington DC area the NRA couldn’t make it.
Fortunately I had given Mr. Prince a heads up as to the NRA coming to speak and he responded that he canceled another event so he could attend ours. I didn’t realize how lucky we were to have this chain of events take place.
I want to send out a special extra-large C.E.P.T.A. thank you out to Joshua.
Mr. Joshua Prince is a partner in the Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG) a law firm that specializes in firearm litigation and is located down the road a piece in Bechtelsville, PA.
He has worked directly and indirectly with the NRA on gun rights litigation within PA and around the Country on numerous occasions and has even gotten the present Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, to reverse her stance on firearms cases that were brought before her in our fine State. This is quite a feat as Ms. Kane is not particularly a strong second amendment advocate, to say the least.
The program was jam packed from the start. Its two hour long duration was filled with so much information relating to proposed and newly enacted law. You may have seen or read throughout this past year how so many of the local ordinances about firearm use have been changed or eliminated. This is a direct correlation to the work that Mr. Prince and his firm along with the many other firearm groups like the NRA, Gun Owners of America etc. have pursued in making sure that all municipalities adhere to the correct laws and not the ones that the municipalities have created above the law in order to restrict the citizens from their second amendment rights guaranteed by our US Constitution. In fact, we have had a change in Lehigh County ordinance due to Mr. Prince’s firm.
I recommend that any one that wants to know the real laws and regulations watch and listen closely to Mr. Prince’s advice and knowledge about this topic. You’ll learn about how and when you may be in violation of PA firearm laws. What you need to do to obtain a valid “right to carry” permit and really why if you have firearms you should seriously consider getting a RTK permit (it keeps you from falling into the many traps set up by our legal system). Did you know that the term “Firearm” really only relates to handguns? Also that if you have a RTK permit you can have a car full of loaded “firearms”, but you better not have a loaded long gun (rifle or shotgun) whether it’s on a bicycle, motorcycle, or wheelchair. Yep if you are handicapped and use a wheel chair you cannot carry a loaded long gun because the state of PA considers that a vehicle. Crazy, huh? But go figure its PA and we still have a long way to go.
This was a top notch presentation given by one of the most capable lawyers within PA especially on this subject. At one point he related a story about how he was involved in a police highway stop and how he didn’t have to wait too long before the police knew who he was and called him “the gun guy” and asked that he just move along.
That is exactly how he is working for all of us, he keeps moving the laws for the second amendment right along so we can rest assured here in PA that we’ll have our rights represented.
Thanks again Joshua for your steadfast support of the second amendment.