Commonwealth Court Shoots Down Local Gun Regulations by Brigitte M. Meyer, Esquire

Do Pennsylvania municipalities have any power to regulate firearms? According to a recent Commonwealth Court decision, they do not. In Firearm Owners Against Crime v. City of Pittsburgh, 1754 C.D. 2019 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2022), gun-rights organizations and individuals challenged three Pittsburgh firearms regulations. The first prohibited the discharge, loading, brandishing, displaying or pointing at a…

Chris Gerber and Andrew Rongaus to Present Best Practices for Municipal Employers to PIRMA Members

On Thursday, January 20th, 2022, Siana Law attorneys Chris Gerber and Andrew Rongaus will present, Best Practices for Municipal Employers, as part of an ongoing webinar series and collaboration with PIRMA. This online training will provide essential information for both experienced and new local elected officials. As originally described on the webinar registration page, it…

Article by Christopher P. Gerber featured in Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Winter Bulletin

Christopher P. Gerber’s article, CODE BLUE, Building Trust In Law Enforcement: Recommendations for Local Elected Officials on Constitutional Policing and Transparency, is featured in the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association 2021 Winter Bulletin. Read the full article below: Chris Gerber 2021 Building Trust In Law Enforcement       All rights reserved. This publication may…

Police Risk Management – Training Opportunity

On September 21, 2017, Siana Law attorney, Christopher Gerber, presented a police risk management training course entitled, Bullet Proof Defense on behalf of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services. The course covered the fundamentals of civil rights lawsuits filed against municipalities, their chiefs of police and other command staff involving claims arising under the…

Right to Know Clearinghouses for Personal Information No More: Supreme Court Declares Constitutional Right to Informational Privacy for Public School Employees

On October 18, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in Pennsylvania State Education Association v. Commonwealth et al. – extending a constitutional right of informational privacy to public school employees with respect to their home addresses. As a result of the Court’s ruling, school districts are prohibited from releasing the home…