Doe v. Franklin Cty.

A putative class of individuals who have licenses to carry firearms sued their county and sheriff, claiming that the defendants violated the privacy provision of the Uniform Firearms Act, found in Section 6111(i). The plaintiffs argued that the County violated their right to privacy by mailing postcards to notify the licensees of the approval, renewal, denial, or revocation of their license to carry firearms. The postcards showed the licensee’s name, address, and a statement of the license application’s approval, denial, or revocation. And since the postcards were not in envelopes, anyone could see what was written on them. The trial court dismissed the complaint. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court reversed, holding that the trial court erred in dismissing the plaintiffs’ motion for class certification based on a lack of numerosity.

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