You have the “right to keep and bear arms” . . . until you don’t.

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution speaks of “the right of the people to keep and bears Arms, shall not be infringed.”  In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has had the occasion to interpret the Second Amendment, and in doing so the High Court has characterized the Second Amendment as being a “fundamental” right.  See McDonald v. … Read More

Pennsylvania Supreme Court deals a blow to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) using separate and independent state-law grounds.

Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its opinion in Commonwealth v. Muniz, ___ A.3d ___ (Pa. July 19, 2016), which addressed the issue of whether the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) violated the ex-post-facto clauses of the federal and state constitution. (Simply stated, an ex-post-facto law is one that later punishes, or increases the penalty for, conduct that … Read More