Posted and updated June 28, 2024

Lower Merion Township has broken state pre-emption by banning new firearms businesses, specifically Shot Tec, and is trying to set precedent to spread across Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, you are required by state and federal law to go to a local FFL to buy, sell, transfer, etc, even if two brothers want to transfer ownership of a handgun. Lower Merion Township has targeted law abiding gun owners by banning firearms businesses that do the background checks and paperwork the federal and state governments require— and if they can, any township in PA can. We need your help to fight them in court now alongside Firearms Owners Against Crime. We are simultaneously attempting to apply for the votes with The Board of Commissioners to become an FFL too if it is at all possible (we shall see). If we were not primarily a training business, we would be forced to close.

Backstory: Shot Tec, LLC was the only open-to-the-public FFL in Lower Merion and had been running an FFL with no issues since its start 3 years prior. It was the only local resource for thousands of law abiding gun owners to access background checks for legal transfers. Due to the ordinance, Shot Tec was forced to let go of their license and re-apply within a scheme designed to be overly burdensome, perhaps impossible to satisfy by the township’s design. As a result, thousands, including those who relied on the Hold My Guns program for those in need, are disparaged. If this ordinance stands, more localities will follow suit.

The frontline for your 2nd amendment rights in Pennsylvania is between Shot Tec and The Township of Lower Merion. Join the frontline coalition effort for firearms rights with Shot Tec, Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC), Second Amendment Foundation, and The Prince Law Firm

Shot Tec’s attorneys and 2A powerhouses, Joshua Prince and Dillon Harris of the Firearms Industry Consulting Group, a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., summarized it, “[we are suing] Lower Merion Township over its recently enacted ordinance regulating (out of existence) Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) in the township.” See FOAC’s blog post here and Prince Law Firm’s post here.

How you can help:

The “Train for Your Rights” campaign signifies that while the people of Lower Merion can’t access the local legal ability to conduct transfers… well, we can train. Shot Tec, LLC is doubling down on our training capabilities and increasing our instructor staff and advanced simulation training technology to provide the best training experience. 

Shot Tec, LLC is now also launching “Friends of Shot Tec, [Link coming soon]” for which we invite you to join us as we ourselves participate in live-fire competitions, morale building events, and advanced continuing education classes from other instructors. Contact us to be invited. 

This coalition will prevail. Join the fight and get training! Please let us know how we can be of service to you in your training journey and from our pro shop. Visit www.shottectraining.com for more information and see the various promotions we will be running and lets get training!

§ 6120.  Limitation on the regulation of firearms and ammunition. (a)  General rule.–No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components when carried or transported for purposes not prohibited by the laws of this Commonwealth.”

Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act – Section 6120 A

Shot Tec, LLC was also illegally targeted by the Sheriff’s office and has fought back with The Prince Law Firm with the help of Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). More on that here from Prince Law Firm’s post: “Montgomery County Sheriff Agrees To Stay Firearm License Inspection Policy” and overview from SAF: “SAF Sues Pennsylvania Sheriff To Stop Warrantless Searches.”

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