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May 11, 2021

AG Shapiro, FTC Multilateral Pharmaceutical Merger Task Force Seeks Public Input

HARRISBURG–Today, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that the Multilateral Pharmaceutical Merger Task Force, which includes staff from the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission Directorate General for Competition, the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, and State Offices of Attorney General, issued a notice seeking public comment to inform their review of how to best update their approaches to analyzing the effects of pharmaceutical mergers.

AG Shapiro Statement On DOJ’s Positive Step Toward Closing Ghost Gun Loophole

May 7, 2021

Today, the Department of Justice announced a proposed rule would modernize the definition of “frame or receiver” and help close a regulatory loophole associated with the un-serialized DIY firearms and gun kits. Ghost guns typically start as “80% receivers,” which can be quickly assembled, lack serial numbers so they cannot be traced, and, once fully assembled, can operate as fully functioning firearms. Please see the statement below from Attorney General Josh Shapiro:

AG Shapiro Arrests Two In Lehigh County For Straw Purchasing 29 Guns, Seizes Ghost Gun

May 7, 2021

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the arrest of two Lehigh County men for their roles in the illegal straw purchases of 29 firearms. This was a joint investigation by the Office of Attorney General’s Gun Violence Section, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Emmaus Police Department.

AG Shapiro: Bradford County DA Salsman Pleads Guilty To Abuses of Power, Resigns As District Attorney

May 7, 2021

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced Bradford County District Attorney Chad Salsman has pleaded guilty to charges of intimidation, promoting prostitution, and obstruction of justice. As a condition of this plea, Salsman also resigned as the District Attorney of Bradford County. Today’s plea comes as the result of a year-long investigation by the 45th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury in conjunction with the Office of Attorney General and the Pennsylvania State Police.