The Firearms Industry Has Much to be Thankful for this Year

November 23, 2022 - Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family! As Thanksgiving Day approaches, we look forward to seeing family and enjoying a home cooked meal with the people we love. This is a time to be grateful for the things in our lives that we often take for granted. The firearm industry in particular has a lot to be thankful for this year since the issuance of the Supreme Court’s d...
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New Gun Control Laws in Maryland and Oregon

November 17, 2022 - In the wake of Election Day 2022, at least two new restrictions on the Second Amendment are poised to be enacted.  Oregon voters passed a ballot measure that would restrict firearm ownership and ban “large capacity” magazines, and Montgomery County, Maryland passed a new version of an invalidated state law. Oregon  Oregon voters have narrowly approved Measure 114, w...
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Federal Court Enjoins New York from Enforcing Significant Provisions of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act

November 7, 2022 - As Renzulli Law Firm previously reported, on July 1, 2022, New York State introduced the so-called Concealed Carry Improvement Act (“CCIA”). In response, Ivan Antonyuk, along with five other New York State residents, all of whom are members of Gun Owners of America, filed a lawsuit against Bruen and several other state actors (Antonyuk v. Hochul). The plaintiffs then filed an e...
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Election 2022: Firearm Laws on the Ballot

November 2, 2022 - The 2022 midterm elections are next Tuesday, November 8, 2022, and early voting has commenced in many states. Although politicians have dominated the news cycle, it is important to remember that other laws and initiatives are also on the ballot. In two states – Iowa and Oregon – citizens will vote on proposed firearm laws that illustrate the deep divide on firearm policy in the...
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Mexico Files Second Lawsuit Against the U.S. Firearms Industry

October 28, 2022 - Following the  complete dismissal of Mexico’s lawsuit against firearms manufacturers and a distributor by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the Mexican government has turned its attention to firearms retailers closer to the U.S.-Mexico border. On October 10, 2022, Mexico filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona against five...
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ALL RISE. HERE COMES THE JUDGE. Court Is In Session and so is Yankees Playoff Baseball.

October 20, 2022 - While the New York Yankees are in the middle of postseason baseball, a panel of judges at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) is in the middle of a trademark application opposition case involving Yankees’ star outfielder, Aaron Judge.  Judge, who most recently broke the American League record for the most homeruns in a single season, is well-known by some of his catchph...
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Federal Court Holds Provisions of New York’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act Unconstitutional

October 13, 2022 - As Renzulli Law Firm previously reported, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, New York State introduced the so-called Concealed Carry Improvement Act (“CCIA”) on July 1, 2022. The CCIA added new and onerous requirements to obtain a license to carry a handgun in New York. It also prohibited licensed persons...
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MEXICO’S LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FIREARM INDUSTRY DISMISSED

On Friday, September 30, 2022, Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts issued a decisiondismissing Mexico’s lawsuit against the firearms industry in its entirety. Mexico had filed a complaint against seven firearms manufacturers and one firearms distributor on August 4, 2021, claiming that they supply a large majority of the illegal fire...
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Recent Second Amendment Cases from Federal Courts Applying Bruen

September 28, 2022 - The domino effect of the Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. Bruen has commenced, as more and more federal courts issue opinions applying this historic precedent. While it remains unclear which federal and state laws will be found unconstitutional under Bruen, it does appear that the lower courts are finally enforcing the Second Amendm...
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Federal Judge Issues Injunction Limiting ATF’s “Ghost Gun” Rule

September 22, 2022 - In April, 2022, the ATF published Final Rule 2021R-05F that, among other things, revised the definitions of “Frame” and “Receiver” to include some unfinished firearm frames in an attempt to curb the spread of so-called “Ghost Guns.”  You can read more about the Final Rule here.The Final Rule went into effect in early August and it had an immediate effect.  Many law-abiding bu...
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Democrats and Their Anti-Gun Lobby Partners Convince Credit Card Companies to Track Firearm Sales

On September 1, 2022, Elizabeth Warren, and several other Democratic Senators and Representatives, sent a letter to the CEOs of Mastercard, American Express, and Visa requesting that the financial institutions adopt a “merchant category code” for firearm and ammunition retailers. On September 9, 2022, it was then announced that the International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”), a Geneva-...
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Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging New York’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act

September 8, 2022 - In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, New York State introduced the so-called Concealed Carry Improvement Act (“CCIA”) on July 1, 2022.  Among other things, the CCIA prohibits persons from carrying a firearm in an extensive list of “sensitive locations,” including government buildings, churches, libraries, ...
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D.C. CIRCUIT UPHOLDS ATF’S RULE CLASSIFYING BUMP STOCKS AS MACHINE GUNS

August 9, 2022 - A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision unanimously affirming the trial court’s decision that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) properly classified bump stocks as machine guns.   Although the ATF had previously concluded that bump stocks are not machine guns, after a 2017 shooting at...
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Colorado Federal Court Enters TRO Barring Enforcement of a Town “Assault Weapons” Ban Based on the Second Amendment

August 9, 2022 - The Town of Superior, Colorado enacted Ordinance No. O-9-2022 on June 7, 2022, which established comprehensive regulations regarding the possession and use of weapons within the town.  Among other things, the Ordinance banned the possession, sale, and transfer of “assault weapons,” which it defines based on a features test, within the town effective July 1, 2022.  Persons who law...
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California Joins Rush of Recent Gun Control Legislation

August 1, 2022 - Several states have recently enacted additional gun control laws as the focus on gun control moves out of Washington, DC and into statehouses around the country.  In the wake of new gun control measures passed in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware (read more about these laws here), California has finalized its version of a law that will allow private citizens to seek “bounties” f...
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MAYORS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES MEET TO PLAN CONCERTED ATTACK ON THE FIREARM INDUSTRY

July 20, 2022 - Mayors Against Illegal Guns (“MAIG”), a coalition of Democratic mayors affiliated with the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety and its gun control proponent founder billionaire Michael Bloomberg, attended a summit in New York City to plan a simultaneous attack against firearm manufacturers and distributors. Mayors of multiple Democratic controlled cities attended the meetin...
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CALIFORNIA’S ADVERTISING BAN FACES LEGAL CHALLENGE

On June 30, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2571 into law. AB 2571 makes it unlawful for any “firearm industry member” to “advertise, market, or arrange for placement of an advertising or marketing communication concerning any firearm-related product in a manner that is designed, intended or reasonably appears to be attractive to minors.” AB 2571 also prohibits a “fire...
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New York, New Jersey, and Delaware Enact Additional Gun Control Laws

July 7, 2022 - In response to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision striking down New York’s discriminatory and unconstitutional concealed carry handgun permitting process, Democratic leaders of the state rushed through several bills last week that will ultimately make it even more difficult and restrictive to legally carry a concealed handgun for self-defense in New York. When the new laws go in...
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PRESIDENT BIDEN SIGNS NEW GUN CONTROL LAWS

June 25, 2022 - President Biden signed into law S. 2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (the “Act”), which includes a comprehensive package of new gun control laws. The following is an overview of what was ultimately included in the Act and how it will affect the firearms industry.Federal Funding for Red Flag Laws - Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have previously...
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SUPREME COURT DECLARES THAT NEW YORK’S HANDGUN LICENSING LAW VIOLATES THE SECOND AMENDMENT

June 23, 2022 - Today, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that New York State’s law requiring a license to carry a handgun in public for purposes of self-defense based on a “proper cause” standard violates the right to keep and bear arms.  In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, the majority held that the “Second and Fourteenth Amendments protec...
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California Assembly Passes Bill to Circumvent the PLCAA

June 10, 2022 - Following New York’s attack against the firearms industry, the California State Assembly recently passed the Firearm Industry Responsibility Act, AB1594. AB1594 is an attempt to negate the immunity provided by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”). California Assembly Bill 1594 is modeled after a similar New York law that was recently enacted.  Like the New York ...
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New York State Continues Its Assault on the Firearms Industry and Second Amendment by Passing Additional Gun Control Laws

June 3, 2022 - New York State has continued its attacks against law abiding firearm owners by rushing to pass gun control legislation in response to the shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde Texas.  Like with the SAFE Act that was rushed through in 2013, New York’s Democratic Governor and the Democratic leaders of the State Assembly and Senate announced and passed numerous gun control laws wi...
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FIREARMS INDUSTRY TO APPEAL FEDERAL COURT’S DISMISSAL OF CHALLENGE TO THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE NEW YORK NUISANCE STATUTE

June 2, 2022 - The attack on the firearms industry in New York continues with the issuance of a decision dismissing the industry’s lawsuit challenging New York’s recent public nuisance statute, enacted with the express purpose of attempting to bypass the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”).  On July 6, 2021, New York enacted General Business Law §§ 989-a-e, to create a new statute...
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Ninth Circuit Strikes Down California’s Age-Based Restrictions on Sales of Semi-Automatic Rifles

May 19, 2022 - In a 2-1 decision issued last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California that had upheld a California statute banning the sale of center-fire, semi-automatic rifles to residents less than 21 years old.  This statute went into effect in 2021 and built upon prior gun contr...
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What Does the Trademark Modernization Act Mean for Your Business?

May 13, 2022 - In 2020, President Trump signed the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) into law.  After initial regulations were released and commented on by the public, final regulations were published and several key provisions of the law went into effect in December, 2021.  You can read more about the history of the TMA’s adoption and implementation here and here. The TMA is the most substantial...
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Washington State Supreme Court Holds City Ordinance Regulating Storage of Firearms is Preempted by State Law

May 6, 2022 - In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington recently held that a city ordinance enacted by the City of Edmonds regulating the storage of firearms is preempted by state law. The ordinance was passed by the City Council in July 2018, and attempted to require firearm owners to keep their firearms “secured by a locking device” and inaccessible to persons “other...
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“Pistol Brace Protection Act” Proposed to Prevent Pistols with Stabilizing Braces Being Classified as NFA Firearms

April 29, 2022 - Representative James Kanford (R. Okla.), recently introduced S.4069, the Pistol Brace Protection Act (“PBPA”).  If enacted, the PBPA would amend the National Firearms Act (“NFA”) to provide that pistols with stabilizing braces are not considered to be short-barreled rifles (“SBRs”).  Over the years, the ATF has issued numerous classification letters confirming that pistols with s...
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ATF Reversing Prior Determinations against Dealers and Seeking Revocation Instead

April 19, 2022 - Renzulli Law Firm is aware of several recent circumstances in which the ATF is instituting revocation proceedings against federal firearms licensees (FFLs) where the cases had been previously closed after a warning conference.  It appears the ATF is not only taking a “zero tolerance” approach to current situations and audits, but also reviewing prior “closed” cases to determine i...
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ATF PUBLISHES FINAL RULE MAKING SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO FEDERAL FIREARMS REGULATIONS

On April 10, 2022, Attorney General Garland signed a Final Rule titled “Definition of ‘Frame or Receiver’ and Identification of Firearms” (“Final Rule”).  This 364 page document makes extensive revisions to the Code of Federal Regulations governing commerce in Firearms, including the regulations adopted pursuant to the Gun Control Act (“GCA”), the National Firearms Act, and the Arms Export Contro...
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Anti-Gun Groups Demand Federal Trade Commission Investigate Firearms Industry

April 12, 2022 - Last week Brady United, Giffords Law Center, March for Our Lives, and the Firearms Accountability Task Force filed a petition with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") requesting an investigation into the firearms industry’s advertising practices. The petitioners allege that firearm industry members engage in false and misleading advertising by suggesting that firearms are a...
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Vermont Enacts Statute Extending the Delay Period to Complete Background Checks 

April 8, 2022 - Vermont Governor Phil Scott recently signed Senate Bill 4 ("S.4"), which extends the required waiting period before a federal firearms licensee (“FFL”) can transfer a firearm to someone without an FFL when the results of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) is still listed as delayed.  Federal law allows an FFL to transfer a firearm after three full busin...
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United States and European Union Agree to Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework   

March 30, 2022 - Late last week, the Biden Administration and the European Commission announced that they had agreed in principle to a framework that would allow the flow of personal information between the United States and the European Union (EU) to continue.  The transfer of this information is critical to the operations of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other online commerce and social media c...
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Alabama, Ohio, and Indiana Enact Constitutional Carry Laws

March 24, 2022 - This month, Alabama, Ohio, and Indiana enacted constitutional carry legislation, eliminating the permit requirement for carrying concealed firearms. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed H.B. 272 into law, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed S.B. 215 into law, and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed H.B. 1296 into law.  With the recent additions of Alabama, Ohio, and Indiana, there are ...
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Connecticut Introduces Comprehensive Gun Control Bill

March 17, 2022 - At the start of Connecticut’s 2022 legislative session, Governor Ned Lamont introduced GB-16 “An Act Addressing Gun Violence and Juvenile Crime” for action by the Connecticut legislature.  Governor Lamont, an ardent gun control supporter, stated the bill is “aimed at eliminating gun violence in Connecticut through a series of targeted initiatives” and claimed these “commonsense” ...
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Congressional Republicans Introduce “No REGISTRY Rights Act”

March 10, 2022 - Earlier this week, Texas Representative Michael Cloud and 44 Republican co-sponsors introduced legislation that would prevent the incidental creation of a federal firearms registry.The “No Retaining Every Gun In a System That Restricts Your Rights Act,” or “No REGISTRY Rights Act” for short, would prevent the ATF from collecting firearm transaction records from federal firearms l...
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U.S. Department of Justice Challenges Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act in Federal Court

March 3, 2022 - The United States recently filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri challenging the constitutionality of the Missouri Second Amendment Preservation Act, and seeking an injunction prohibiting Missouri from enforcing it. As we previously reported, the Act states that “all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations,” that infringe on the S...
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NEVADA SUPREME COURT DENIES PLAINTIFFS’ PETITION FOR REHEARING OF DECISION HOLDING THAT THEIR CLAIMS ARE BARRED BY NEVADA’S IMMUNITY STATUTE

February 24, 2022 - Today the Nevada Supreme Court issued an order unanimously denying plaintiffs’ petition for rehearing from its December 2, 2021 decisionregarding the Nevada firearm industry immunity statute, NRS 41.131(1).  The December 2, 2021 decision was issued in the case of Parsons v. Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, et al. and held that NRS 41.131(1) provides the manufacturers and deal...
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Proposed Arizona Law Would Require Gun Safety Course in Grade School

February 23, 2022 - Arizona State Representative Quang Nguyen recently introduced House Bill 2448, which would require public and charter schools to provide students in grades six through twelve with “one or more training sessions in firearms safety in an age-appropriate manner.”  If enacted into law, Arizona schools would be required to offer firearms safety training to students by a q...
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RENZULLI LAW FIRM WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR FIREARMS DEALER PURSUANT TO NEW HAMPSHIRE IMMUNITY LAW

On February 14, 2022, Renzulli Law Firm won a motion for summary judgment dismissing claims against a firearms dealer pursuant to New Hampshire’s firearms industry immunity law.  RLF’s client, a federally licensed firearms dealer in New Hampshire, legally sold a firearm to a purchaser.  Six weeks later, the purchaser used the firearm to shoot two police officers.  The purchaser was...
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Missouri Supreme Court to Decide Case Involving the Second Amendment Preservation Act

On February 7, 2022, the Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the state’s Second Amendment Preservation Act (the “Act”) in the case of City of St. Louis v. State of Missouri.  The Act, which was signed into law by Governor Mike Parson last Summer, states that “all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations,” that infringe on the Second Amendment right to ke...
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ATF Finalizing Rules To Classify Pistols With Stabilizing Braces As Short-Barreled Rifles

On January 31, 2022, the ATF published a Notice in the Federal Register regarding its plans to finalize the proposed rule regarding Factoring Criteria for Firearms with an Attached Stabilizing Brace that it had first published on June 10, 2021.  The ATF also noted its plans to finalize the proposed rule regarding the Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of ...
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WASHINGTON STATE SENATE INTRODUCES BILLS TO BAN “ASSAULT WEAPONS” AND “LARGE CAPACITY” MAGAZINES

January 27, 2021 The Washington State Senate recently introduced bills seeking to ban “assault weapons” and “large capacity” magazines. SB5217 would ban “assault weapons,” which it defines as: (1) dozens of specifically named models; (2) any semi-automatic rifle with an overall length of less than 30”; and (3) “copycat weapons.”  Copycat weapons are defined as any semi-automatic...
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FIREARMS STORAGE BILL INTRODUCED IN MICHIGAN SENATE

January 21, 2022 Democrats in the Michigan State Senate recently introduced a bill, the passage of which would affect firearm sellers, retail purchasers, and existing firearm owners in Michigan. SB550 would require retail dealers to provide a written warning to firearm purchasers and post conspicuous warnings at the counter, informing customers of their legal obligation to safely sto...
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE PROPOSES BILL TO CIRCUMVENT THE PLCAA

January 14, 2022A proposed bill was recently introduced in the California Assembly to bypass the immunity provided to members of the firearms industry by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”).  AB-1594 would add a new provision to the California Civil Code stating that: A gun industry member shall have created or maintained a public nuisance, as defined in Section 3480, if ...
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ATF REGULATIONS EXPAND REQUIREMENTS FOR SECURE GUN STORAGE OR SAFETY DEVICES

January 10, 2022 The Gun Control Act (“GCA”) requires all federally licensed firearms dealers to certify that they have secure gun storage or safety devices available for purchase by their customers. On Monday, the DOJ published a new regulation in the Federal Register that expands this requirement.  The new rule, which goes into effect on February 3, 2022, applies to all federa...
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THINGS TO REMEMBER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

December 24, 2021 With the Holidays upon us, the tradition of family gatherings and last minute gift buying is in full swing. Although most firearm owners are cognizant of and practice safe firearm handling and storage - it is even more important to properly and safely store your firearms when you invite others into your home. As firearm owners, we understand the critical nature of firearm saf...
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CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR PROPOSES LAW TO ALLOW PRIVATE LAWSUITS AGAINST THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY

December 21, 2021 Governor Newsom recently announced that he has directed his staff to work with the California legislature and Attorney General to draft a bill that would “create a right of action allowing private citizens to seek injunctive relief, and statutory damages of at least $10,000 per violation plus costs and attorney’s fees, against anyone who manufactures, distributes, or sells an...
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RENZULLI LAW FIRM ACHIEVES VICTORY IN PRODUCT LIABILITY CLAIM AGAINST FLARE LAUNCHER MANUFACTURER

December 16, 2021 Renzulli Law Firm represented an industry leading manufacturer of safety equipment in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Indiana.  Plaintiff claimed that one of defendant’s products, a marine flare launcher, caused her serious injuries due to an alleged defect in design.  Plaintiff was using the product in her home for self-defense purposes, and had no intention of using i...
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D.C. VOTES TO AMEND ITS “GHOST GUN” BAN IN RESPONSE TO LEGAL CHALLENGE

November 23, 2021 On November 16, 2021, the D.C. Council voted to amend its recently enacted law banning “ghost guns” on an emergency basis in response to a lawsuit filed by Dick Heller.  Renzulli Law Firm, LLP previously reported on the lawsuit filed against the District of Columbia in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of the new D.C. law b...
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NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA’S BAN ON MAGAZINES WITH A CAPACITY OF MORE THAN TEN ROUNDS

December 2, 2021 In a split decision by an en banc panel in the case of Duncan v. Bonta, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld California’s ban on magazines with a capacity of more than ten rounds (often referred to as large-capacity magazines). In so doing, the court reversed a decision by Judge Benitez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, which...
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NEVADA SUPREME COURT HOLDS THE NEVADA IMMUNITY STATUTE PROHIBITS CLAIMS AGAINST FIREARM DEFENDANTS FROM THE ROUTE 91 HARVEST FESTIVAL SHOOTING

December 2, 2021 Today the Nevada Supreme Court unanimously held that the Nevada firearm industry immunity statute, NRS 41.131(1), provides the manufacturers and dealers of the AR-type rifles used in the October 1, 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas with immunity from the lawsuit filed against them. The court’s decision was issued in response to three questions that Ju...
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‘Tis the Season for Internet Scams

November 18, 2021 The holiday season is upon us, and along with the increase in online shopping comes an increase in online scammers.At Renzulli Law Firm, we have been tracking an increase in the number of scam sites which use the name of a legitimate company in the domain name in order to attract unsuspecting customers and steal their financial information.  These scam sites have some te...
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NEW YORK STATE ENACTS NEW GUN CONTROL LAWS

November 12, 2021 Several New York bills were recently signed into law banning “ghost guns,” defining the term “unfinished frame or receiver,” and expanding the definition of “disguised guns.” These new laws are poorly written, conflict with federal law, expand the class of prohibited items, and are likely to result in significant confusion.S.13A/A.2666A, the Unfinished Receiver Act, effective...
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ORAL ARGUMENT BEFORE THE U.S. SUPREME COURT IN SECOND AMENDMENT CASE

November 3, 2021 Oral argument was held before the United States Supreme Court this morning in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Kevin P. Bruen, in his Official Capacity of Superintendent of New York State Police. As previously reported, this lawsuit arises from a challenge to New York’s concealed carry law that requires applicants to make a showing of “proper ...
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ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN FIREARM AND AMMUNITION TAX

October 29, 2021 The Illinois Supreme Court issued a 6-0 decision this week holding that two Cook County ordinances that impose a tax on the retail purchase of firearms and ammunition violate the Illinois State Constitution. This case arises from a 2012 ordinance enacted by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that imposed a $25 tax on the retail purchase of a firearm, and a 2015 o...
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Allows Lawsuit Challenging Local Firearm Restrictions to Go Forward

October 22, 2021 The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling this week allowing a group of plaintiffs to proceed with their lawsuit challenging firearm restrictions enacted by the City of Harrisburg, PA.  The court held that the plaintiffs were entitled to proceed with their lawsuits even though they have not yet been prosecuted for violations of the laws at issue. In particu...
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D.C.’s “GHOST GUN” BAN FACES LEGAL CHALLENGE

October 15, 2021 On September 8, 2021, Dick Heller filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of a new D.C. law purporting to ban the possession or manufacture of “ghost guns” as overly broad and unconstitutionally vague. Dick Heller is the same plaintiff who brought the lawsuit ...
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PROPOSED ILLINOIS LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW ANYONE TO SUE THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY IN STRICT LIABILITY FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY THE UNLAWFUL DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS

October 8, 2021 The Firearms Dealer and Importer Liability Act, a/k/a/ the Protecting Heartbeats Act, HB4156, which was introduced in Illinois on September 28, 2021 would hold firearms manufacturers, importers and dealers strictly liable for any bodily injury or death caused by the unlawful discharge of a firearm in Illinois.  It would allow anyone, other than a state or local government offic...
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American Bar Association Weighs In On Major Second Amendment Case

October 1, 2021 According to the American Bar Association (“ABA”), state and local governments have the right to tailor firearms regulations according to their own judgment regarding public health and safety.  This was the broad theme of an amicus brief filed by the ABA last week in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen,* the first major Second Amendment case before the S...
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RENZULLI LAW FIRM IS VICTORIOUS BEFORE THE MISSOURI COURT OF APPEALS IN CASE ALLEGING STRAW PURCHASE OF AMMUNITION

September 24, 2021 On September 21, 2021, the Missouri Court of Appeals issued a decision affirming the dismissal of a case in which plaintiffs alleged that a sporting goods store illegally sold ammunition to a straw purchaser.  Renzulli Law Firm represented the store in both the trial court and on appeal. Plaintiffs claimed that the store sold ammunition to a straw purchaser, w...
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ATF FILES PETITION FOR REHEARING EN BANC TO THE FOURTH CIRCUIT IN THE HIRSCHFELD V. ATF CASE

September 15, 2021 As Renzulli Law Firm previously reported, in a 2-1 decision dated July 13, 2021, a panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals declared the provision in the Gun Control Act prohibiting federally licensed firearms dealers from transferring handguns to persons between 18-20 years old to be unconstitutional on the basis that it violates the Second Amendment in the case of Hirs...
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President Biden Pulls Nomination of Chipman

September 9, 2021 It is being widely reported that President Biden is withdrawing the nomination of David Chipman to be the next Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Mr. Chipman’s nomination was uniformly opposed by firearms industry members and Second Amendment advocates, and widely supported by gun control groups, such as Brady United, Everytown for Gun ...
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Texas Constitutional Carry Law Takes Effect

September 3, 2021 On September 1, 2021, Texas House Bill 1927 took effect, making Texas the 21st state to eliminate a license requirement to carry a handgun.  Prior to Sept. 1, Texans were required to submit fingerprints, complete four to six hours of training, and pass a written exam and shooting proficiency test to obtain a license to carry a handgun.  These requirements have ...
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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in Pivotal Second Amendment Case

August 18, 2021 It was announced yesterday that the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Keith M. Corlett, in His Official Capacity as Superintendent of New York State Police is scheduled for oral argument before the Supreme Court on November 3, 2021. The appeal is the final step in a lawsuit challenging New York’s concealed carry law that was brought by the Associati...
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US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Issues Precedential Second Amendment Decision Reinstating Challenge to Pennsylvania Zoning Restrictions

August 24, 2021 On August 17, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a precedential Second Amendment decision in the case of Drummond v. Robinson Township.  The court reversed the district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by William Drummond against Robinson Township challenging certain zoning regulations it put in place after he purchased the Greater Pitt...
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Mexico Sues Firearms Companies in Boston Federal Court

August 9, 2021 On August 4, 2021, Estados Unidos Mexicanos (Mexico) filed a Complaint in the District of Massachusetts against several firearms manufacturers and one distributor. Mexico deceptively claims that these defendants manufacture a large majority of the illegal firearms used to commit crimes in Mexico, especially those used by drug cartels. Mexico claims that the defendants ...
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USPTO Publishes Draft Regulations That Allow Anonymous Challenges to Trademark Registrations

August 9, 2021 In late 2020, Congress passed the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (“TMA”), the first major revision to U.S. trademark law in years.  The TMA will have an impact on many current and prospective trademark owners (for more information on how the TMA affects trademark owners outside the U.S., click here). The TMA directed the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) t...
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ATF INTRODUCES GUIDANCE TO INCREASE THE REVOCATION OF FFLS

JULY 27, 2021 The ATF’s Acting Assistant Director for Field Operations issued a memorandum on July 14, 2021 directing the ATF to seek to revoke an FFL for situations that previously would not have likely justified revocation.  The subject of the memorandum is “Implementation of the Administration’s Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safe...
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Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Gun Control Act Ban as Unconstitutional

July 16, 2021 In a 2-1 decision dated July 13, 2021, the Fourth Circuit struck down certain provisions of the Gun Control Act (“GCA”) as a violation of the Second Amendment.  At issue in Hirschfeld v. ATF were the federal statutes that prohibit licensed dealers from selling handguns and handgun ammunition to 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds.  It has long been the law that persons...
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Renzulli Law Firm Successfully Defeats Appeal on Behalf of New York Shooting Association

July 23, 2021 RLF achieved another victory for one of its firearm industry clients by successfully defeating an appeal brought by the Plaintiff in a case against the Long Island Practical Shooters Association (LIPSA).  The case involved a competitive quick-draw shooting competition hosted by LIPSA on August 21, 2016.  The Plaintiff, who had extensive experience participating in compe...
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NEW YORK GOVERNOR SIGNS LAW INTENDED TO BYPASS THE PLCAA AND DECLARES GUN VIOLENCE EMERGENCY

On July 6, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed Senate Bill 7196 (which is a revised version of Senate Bill 1048A) into law.  The express purpose of SB7196 is to bypass the immunity provided to members of the firearms industry by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”).  It does so by creating a broad statute applicable to the sale and marketing of firearms, that can be argued to satisfy t...
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TEXAS ISSUES UNANIMOUS DECISION IN PLCAA IMMUNITY CASE ARISING FROM THE SUTHERLAND SPRINGS CHURCH SHOOTING

June 25, 2021 Today the Texas Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision granting a petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Academy, Ltd. d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors (“Academy”) to dismiss lawsuits arising from the 2017 church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas pursuant to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”). Plaintiffs in four consolidated lawsuits had argued t...
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Biden Administration Announces “Zero Tolerance” Enforcement of Firearm Dealer Laws and Regulations

June 24, 2021 In a national address on Wednesday, President Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed the Administration’s plan to address the rising level of violent crime across the country by specifically targeting firearm dealers. They will be implementing a “zero tolerance” policy with respect to alleged “rogue gun dealers” who fail to abide by relevant federal laws that are enf...
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New York Senate Passes Series of Gun Control Bills Targeting the Firearms Industry

June 9, 2021 The New York Senate and Assembly recently passed a series of gun control bills targeting the firearms industry at-large, as well as law abiding gun owners in the Empire State. The following are some of the key aspects of the bills that are likely to be signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Assembly Bill A6762B (passed by both the NY Senate and Assembly) declares the i...
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PROPOSED NEW FEDERAL GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

June 5, 2021 On May 18, 2021, seven Democratic members of the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 3299, the Protecting Our Communities Act.  The text of H.R. 3299 is not yet available and its official name is currently “To help reduce gun violence through background checks and the National Firearms Act and for other purposes.”  Based on statements provided by one of its sponsors...
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CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY BILL HEADED TO TEXAS GOVERNOR

June 5, 2021 On May 27, 2021, the Texas legislature passed H.B. 1927, the Firearm Carry Act of 2021.  H.B. 1927 would allow persons who are at least twenty-one years old, are not prohibited by federal or state law from possessing firearms, and are not intoxicated, to carry a handgun concealed or openly (in a holster) without the need for a license.  There are various specified locations at whi...
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Connecticut Looks to Reinstate COVID-19 Executive Order that Suspended Processing of Firearm Permit Applications

May 27, 2021 Shortly after the COVD-19 pandemic took hold in the spring of 2020, State Governors began to impose sweeping Executive Orders with the stated purpose of combating infections and “flattening the curve.” On March 17, 2020, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order 7E which suspended Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-17c, a law that requires state and local law enforcement to collec...
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Supreme Court References Red Flag Laws in Fourth Amendment Unlawful Search and Seizure Case

May 22, 2021 ATF Officially Publishes its Proposed Changes to Alter the Federal Definition of a “Firearm” On May 21, 2021, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (“ATF”) published its official proposal to amend the federal definition of a “firearm,” and implement other corresponding changes.  RLF previously reported that the new proposal is designed to enable the federa...
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ATF Officially Publishes its Proposed Changes to Alter the Federal Definition of a “Firearm”

May 22, 2021 On May 21, 2021, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (“ATF”) published its official proposal to amend the federal definition of a “firearm,” and implement other corresponding changes.  RLF previously reported that the new proposal is designed to enable the federal government to regulate and control the production of so-called “ghost guns.” If enacted, th...
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ATF Documents Reveal Proposed Regulations on “Ghost Guns”

April 22, 2021 The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ plan to regulate “ghost guns” is starting to take shape. A 107-page internal document was leaked yesterday which included a number of proposals specifically targeted at manufacturers and sellers of 80% receivers and component parts, often referred to as “ghost guns.” These proposals surfaced two weeks after the Biden Admin...
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ATTEMPT BY CONGRESS TO REPEAL PLCAA

May 19, 2021 Democrats on Capitol Hill recently introduced bicameral legislation called the “Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act” that will open the gun industry to even more frivolous lawsuits.  In 2005, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”) became law.  The PLCAA protects the licensed and heavily regulated firearms and ammunition industries fro...
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SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE MAJOR SECOND AMENDMENT CASE

April 26, 2021 For the first time in more than a decade, the Supreme Court is poised to issue a major decision regarding the scope of the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment.  Earlier today, the Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Keith M. Corlett, in H...
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ATF Documents Reveal Proposed Regulations on “Ghost Guns”

April 23, 2021 The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ plan to regulate “ghost guns” is starting to take shape. A 107-page internal document was leaked yesterday which included a number of proposals specifically targeted at manufacturers and sellers of 80% receivers and component parts, often referred to as “ghost guns.” These proposals surfaced two weeks after the Biden Admin...
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Walmart Win Provides Lifeline for Companies Dealing With CCPA Private Actions

April 15, 2021 The California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), which went into effect on January 1, 2020, permits private citizens to sue companies for failing to adequately protect their personal information in addition to imposing regulatory fines connected to the rights of California residents under the CCPA (read more about the CCPA here and here).  As expected, this has lead to dozens...
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President Biden Unveils New Executive Actions on Gun Control

April 8, 2021 Today, from the Rose Garden, President Joe Biden announced a series of Executive Actions to further the Biden Administration’s gun control agenda.  Realizing that Congressional action on gun control is unlikely due to a deeply divided Senate and a filibuster that affords Republicans the ability to block excessive gun control proposals from becoming law, President Biden is, o...
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EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY TO BAN BUMP STOCKS QUESTIONED

April 4, 2021 After a series of set-backs endured by bump stock owners and gun rights organizations around the country, on March 25, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the case of Gun Owners of America, Inc. v. Garland, held that bump stocks cannot be classified as “machineguns” as defined by the National Firearms Act, 26 U.S.C. § 5845(b).  As you may recall, bump stocks ...
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Ninth Circuit Rules There is No Constitutional Right to Carry

March 26, 2021 This week an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a 7-4 decision holding that states may regulate and restrict the public carry of firearms. This decision reversed a prior holding of the same court that had struck down as unconstitutional a Hawaii County statute that effectively limited the issuance of carry permits to security guards only. In ...
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RLF OBTAINS DISMISSAL FOR PISTOL MANUFACTURER PURSUANT TO THE PLCAA

March 19, 2021 The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona issued a decision on March 11, 2021 granting a motion to dismiss pursuant to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”) that Renzulli Law Firm had filed on behalf of a pistol manufacturer. Plaintiff was shot and severely injured (paraplegia) while a passenger in a vehicle when a fourteen-year-old girl (“shooter”), ...
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Multiple States Attempt to Preempt Potential New Federal Firearm Restrictions

March 12, 2021 It is no secret that the Biden Administration – along with a Democrat led Congress – is attempting to enact new federal firearms restrictions into law.  The new Administration recently called on Congress to pass laws requiring background checks on all firearms sales, ban “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines, and eliminate the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, a...
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NRA Countersues New York Attorney General

March 2, 2021 The latest chapter in the saga of Letitia James’ attempts to dismantle the NRA unfolded this week, as the NRA countersued the New York Attorney General, claiming that she has violated the group’s rights under the New York Constitution and engaged in her present lawsuit to pursue a political vendetta.The counterclaims allege that Ms. James has engaged in selective enforcement of N...
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Biden Considers Executive Action to Control “Ghost Guns”

March 2, 2021 Over the course of last year’s Democratic Party Primary and the General Election, then-Candidate Biden unveiled a gun control agenda that ranged from “common-sense” initiatives to truly outlandish efforts such as banning all online sales of ammunition (if you missed it, you can read Renzulli Law Firm’s summary of the Biden agenda here).However, the Biden administration faces an ...
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SURGE OF ONLINE SCAMMERS IMITATING FIREARMS COMPANIES

February 18, 2021 The Internet is full of scammers, identity thieves, and a host of other criminals.  Everyone knows this, and many people do their best to avoid the ever-evolving schemes that circulate in the digital world. But what happens when the scammer doesn’t target you, but instead goes after your customers?  Using your company name, they trick people into “buying” produ...
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FIREARMS IMPORT-EXPORT UPDATE PART III – ENFORCEMENT OF EXPORT LAWS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND THE VOLUNTARY SELF-DISCLOSURE PROGRAM

February 12, 2021 This is the third and final update regarding the valuable information obtained from the NSSF’s January 11-14 firearms import-export webinars.  As explained in our January 21 and January 26 updates, jurisdiction over the export of the majority of firearms and ammunition was formally transferred from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce on March 9, 2020.&n...
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UNDERTAKING A RECALL: WHAT A MANUFACTURER SHOULD KNOW

February 5, 2021 UNDERTAKING A RECALL: WHAT A MANUFACTURER SHOULD KNOW  Christopher Renzulli and Howard Schilsky of Renzulli Law Firm, LLP were published in the February 2021 edition of Westchester Lawyer Magazine for their article addressing the legal implications of undertaking a recall.  Whether to issue a recall of a product, and how to effectively proceed in that endeavor, are s...
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TRADEMARK MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2020 ESTABLISHES NEW RULES FOR NON-U.S. OWNERS OF REGISTRATIONS ISSUED UNDER §§ 66(A) AND 44(E) OF U.S. TRADEMARK ACT

February 1, 2021 In the waning days of 2020, the United States Congress enacted and President Trump signed into law the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (“TMA”).  The legislation establishes a new category of administrative proceeding within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) and may significantly impact the way non-U.S. firearms companies and other clients approach their U...
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FIREARMS IMPORT-EXPORT UPDATE PART I – DETERMINING THE APPLICABLE ECCN AND NEED FOR AN EXPORT LICENSE

January 21, 2021 We attended the NSSF’s January 11-14 firearms import-export webinars so that we can pass on the valuable information to those of you who were unable to attend.  As many of you know, jurisdiction over the export of the majority of firearms and ammunition was formally transferred from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce on March 9, 2020.  Most firearm...
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“Hearing Protection Act” Aimed at Eliminating Red Tape for the Purchase of Suppressors Reintroduced in the 117th Congress

January 16, 2021 H.R. 155, the Hearing Protection Act, first introduced to Congress in 2015, was reintroduced on January 4, 2021, by Republican Congressman from South Carolina, Jeff Duncan.  The bill, if passed into law, would remove suppressors from the National Firearms Act (NFA), removing several restrictions on the purchase and possession of suppressors.  A suppressor (sometimes ...
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REPRESENTATIVE HUDSON REINTRODUCES BILL TO ALLOW INTERSTATE CARRY OF CONCEALED HANDGUNS

January 8, 2021 On January 4, 2021, the opening day of the 117th Congress, North Carolina Representative Richard Hudson introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (“CCRA”). This bill would allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed firearm in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. In order to be considered a “qualified individual,” one must be el...
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SUPREME COURT PETITIONED TO ADDRESS NEW YORK CONCEALED CARRY LAW

December 31, 2020 As Renzulli Law Firm reported, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) previously challenged New York City’s restriction on traveling with firearms outside of New York City. Although the Supreme Court accepted the case for review, New York City removed its restrictions before the case was heard by the Court. The Court ultimately declined to decide the Second Am...
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THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN GIFTING FIREARMS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

December 23, 2020 With the Holidays upon us, the tradition of last minute, frenzied gift buying is in full swing. For sport shooters, hunters, and collectors what could be better than receiving a brand new firearm or a family heirloom that is being passed down to a younger generation? Despite our good intentions, there are legal considerations and potential pitfalls to be aware of when gifting...
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