Before there was the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution, there was Article 1 Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights (the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776). Contained in Article 1 Section 21 were the most strongly worded phrases that have ever been written anywhere when it comes to law abiding citizens and gun rights.
Article 1 Section 21 of 1776 formed the idea of most other state constitutions when it comes to gun rights and also our Federal concepts that was enshrined as the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments comprising the Bill of Rights. The Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights was published in 1776.
Pennsylvanians hold an ancient right to gun ownership.
Just consider these words of Article 1 Section 21 as it exists now:
The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.
Those 19 words form the basis of the power that we as citizens have. However, sometimes the government or others do not fully recognize this ancient right. It is an important right. It is one that I and this firm take very seriously. I, Justin J. McShane, practice concealed carry every single day. Why? Because bad guys don’t make an appointment. Because I want to protect myself and my family. Because it is my right.
Unfortunately, popular media and activist groups have tried to “criminalize” and to “de-legitimize” this right in a dangerous attempt to make law abiding gun owning citizens feel shame and not practice their rights. By linking lawful gun ownership and lawful exercise of a person’s right to carry a firearm to lawless actions such as killing sprees and violent crime, the popular media has an agenda that is inconsistent with classic, ancient American and Pennsylvanian values.
The laws in Pennsylvania as well as federal laws and codes are often confusing, and at times completely contradictory to one another, to the constitutions (PA and federal) and to common sense. This results in a lot of well-intentioned, honest, hard-working folk becoming accidental criminals. The law is swift and unmerciful at times. Frequently, those who make honest mistakes or have understandable misunderstandings are not given the benefit of the doubt.
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We promised our members that we will defend gun rights for all law abiding citizens. And that is exactly what we did.
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Come to one of our Gun Law Seminars:
Knowledge is power. At the seminar, we discuss the top reasons that law abiding citizens can become accidental criminals. We go into details about the law concerning:
- open carry/concealed carry (where you can and cannot carry)
- self defense,
- self defense of others,
- the Castle Doctrine,
- Stand Your Grounds,
- the law of firearms and vehicles,
- interacting with the police,
- interacting with police while armed,
- what to do when there is a critical incident,
- civil lawsuits and law abiding gun owning citizens,
- what can you do and must you do when your firearm is stolen,
- attempts to revoke your concealed carry,
- the Castle Doctrine and civil law,
- third party liability for firearms owners,
- premise liability for firearms owners,
- children and guns,
- and much much more
The seminar is the best $10 a firearm owner will ever spend. We have answers for all of your firearm questions. If you register and pay the seminar fee, you even get a bunch of free take home material.
You cannot trust that the police know the laws of firearms any better than someone else. You cannot trust that even a lawyer knows the law of firearms. Many lawyers have never held a gun before and are uncertain when it comes to the law of guns. You need a firearms lawyer who knows the law well and who knows firearms and tactics well. But you need more than that, you need a firm where that is the firm culture. Welcome to The McShane Firm, LLC. We have 7 attorneys who believe in your legal practice of your 2nd Amendment and Article 1 Section 21 rights.
At The McShane Firm we are proud to stand with you while you exercise your ancient right to bear arms and will help you with any of your legal needs with respect to firearms in Pennsylvania including:
- Lethal self defense using firearms
- Use, display, show of firearms in self-defense
- Denial of firearm purchase by the PICS system
- Revocation of conceal carry
- Rehabilitation of gun rights
- NFA (title 2) firearms trusts
- Interstate Travel
Please call (717) 657-3900 if you have firearm related questions.
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The benefit of memberships:
- If you “use” a firearm in your membership state under the U. S. Law Shield Firearms Legal Defense Program, our program attorneys will represent you in any legal proceeding (criminal or civil), for zero attorneys’ fees. This includes all criminal charges arising from a “use” of a gun. All Police Investigations All Pretrial Proceedings Trial, both Criminal and Civil
- 24/7/365 Attorney Answered Emergency Hotline The 24/7/365 firearms emergency hotline is always answered by an attorney who is a member of the U. S. Law Shield Firearms Program. It is available exclusively to our Members – when you call, you are talking to your firearms program attorneys. From day one you are covered. You get a Member ID Card with Emergency Hotline Number. What you tell your firearms program attorney is fully confidential.
- Non-Emergency Access to Your Firearms Program Attorneys. If you have a firearms legal question, call us, we are here to help.
- Peace of mind of knowing that you have the most qualified and motivated attorney immediately available to you
- Multi-state coverage is available
- The cost for a single membership for Pennsylvania coverage is very low: $10.95/m for Pennsylvania coverage
- Member costs for NFA trust is only $299!
The original text of the Pennsylvania constitution as put forth in 1776 reads: “XIII. That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the state; and as standing armies in the time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; And that the military should be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”