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 Full Day Course on Pennsylvania Firearms Law - 4 times, 4 locations (near Pittsburgh)
PeteG  [Member]
12/23/2008 2:33:11 PM
ONE DAY COURSE ON
PENNSYLVANIA FIREARMS LAW
January 31 (South Hills); February 14 (North Hills); March 14 (East Hills); April 11 (South Hills)

How many times have you had a question about the law governing the use of firearms? How many times did you inadvertently do something illegal with a firearm, never knowing it was a crime? Are you curious how these laws fit together? Who do you ask? When you do ask, how do you know you are getting information you can rely upon?

The Pennsylvania Firearms Development Corporation (PFDC) has put together a one day course to answer these questions. The course is taught by a practicing attorney and experienced instructor in law, and is designed for non-legal personnel who handle and use firearms regularly for sport, personal protection, hunting or collecting. It will cover not only what current statutes say, but what they mean in practical application. The course covers the following topics:

SOURCES OF APPLICABLE FIREARMS LAW, AND HOW THEY MESH
• Federal Constitution and statutes
• Pennsylvania Constitution and statutes
• Federal and State Preemption and what they really mean
• The only reliable sources of advice and information – who you should trust

WHO MAY POSSESS AND WHO MAY OWN FIREARMS
• Legal Disabilities Under Federal Law
 Conviction of crimes
 Other legal disabilities (insanity, alien, dishonorable discharge, etc.)
• Legal Disabilities Under Pennsylvania Law
 Minority
 Conviction of crimes
 Other disabilities (insanity, alien, dishonorable discharge, etc.)
• Rehabilitation and reinstatement after loss of rights

LAW GOVERNING CARRY AND TRANSPORTATION OF FIREARMS IN VEHICLES
• Open and Concealed Carry
• Transport in motor vehicles
• Special rules for carrying on public lands and in parks
• Probable effect of District of Columbia v. Heller
• New rules for snowmobiles and ATV’s

THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE IN PENNSYLVANIA.
• Self-defense and “Justification” Defenses
• Statutory codification of less-than-deadly force principles
o When force or threat of force can be used
o Value of training with non-deadly force alternatives
• Statutory codification of deadly force principles
o What constitutes deadly force
o When deadly force can be used
• Consequences of being wrong (civil and criminal exposure)
• How it all plays out (scenarios and review of actual Pennsylvania case law).

CIVIL LIABILITY FOR THE USE OF ONE’S FIREARM BY ANOTHER
• Loaning Firearms
• Unauthorized access to your firearms by others (children, the mentally infirm, drunks, pranksters, criminals or those of intemperate disposition) and the duty of care

REGULATION OF FIREARMS-RELATED ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES
• Zoning ● Noise abatement regulations ● Taxation ● "Militia training” ● Releases of liability

FIREARMS USED IN HUNTING AND TRAPPING (A WORLD OF ITS OWN)
• Hunting and Trapping Permits
• Interplay between defensive carry and hunting and trapping laws

Cost: $90 advance enrollment ($15 an hour- the cheapest face-time you are likely to ever get face-time with a lawyer!) $100 at the door (space permitting).

Course format: The course will consist of six hours of straightforward explanations of how the law works, what the current rules are and how to stay out of trouble. There will be three hours of discussion in the morning and three hours in the afternoon, with a one hour break for lunch and 15 minute breaks in the morning and in the afternoon. The course will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Principles will be illustrated using actual cases and statutes (as opposed to theories and ideology). There will be substantial time for questions and answers. Electronic research facilities will be available, allowing us to look up an answer right on the spot if necessary.

Class size: The number of participants will be limited to 20 per session. This will assure ample time for individual questions and interaction between the faculty and participants.

Faculty:

PETER GEORGIADES is the Chairman of Greystone Legal Associates, P.C., a law firm in Pittsburgh. He has 31 years of litigation experience, and has been an instructor in law at the National Law Center, George Washington University and the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie-Mellon University. His practice includes advising clients with respect to various aspects of law relating to firearms. He is also an experienced firearms instructor, certified to instruct by the NRA (rifle, pistol, shotgun and personal protection) and the State of Arizona (Certificate No. 8769268), and is a member of the International Ass'n. of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). Peter is the current Executive Director of the Firearms Instruction, Research & Education (F.I.R.E.) Institute, a non-profit, tax exempt, educational organization dedicated to the advancement of firearms training and education.

HARRY SCHNEIDER is the Legislative Chairman of the Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Association (PSA). He is experienced at writing bills and analyzing legislation, and has worked tirelessly to advance the interests of firearms owners in the Pennsylvania legislature. He is the co-author of several improvements to firearms laws in Pennsylvania, including recent changes in the law governing hunters and trappers and significant improvements to reciprocity between Pennsylvania and other states with respect to licenses and permits to carry. He has attended numerous ATF-PSP Firearms Law Seminars and seminars sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Federal Bar Association and the NRA. His formal firearms training and experience stretches back 30 years.

The locations for this course are as follows:

January 31 - SOUTH HILLS - Day's Inn, 1150 Banksville Road, Pgh. PA. 15216 (412) 531-8900

February 14 - NORTH HILLS - Hampton Inn, 210 Executive Drive, Cranberry, PA (724) 776-1000

March 14 - EAST HILLS - Red Roof Inn, 2729 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville PA 15146 (412) 856-4738

April 11- SOUTH HILLS (again) - Day's Inn, 1150 Banksville Road, Pgh. PA. 15216 (412) 531-8900

These are all Saturdays. There is no "enrollment cut-off" for these courses; they go with 2 participants or 20. If there is space one may enroll at the door, but notice that advance enrollment is $10 cheaper.

For more details or Enrollment Materials:
• Visit www.fireinstitute.org
• Call: (412) 381-8035, leave your name and address, and materials will be mailed to you;
• Write to: FIRE Institute, 2130 Fox Way, Pittsburgh PA 15203; or
• Subscribe to PGH-training@yahoogroups.com for Information and Announcements about this and other firearms training opportunities.

“Having a gun and thinking you are armed is like buying a piano and thinking you are a musician”
–––––– LTC Jeff Cooper (U.S.M.C., Ret.)