Steven Fairlie presented a seminar for lawyers today at the Montgomery Bar Association entitled “So Your Client Had A Gun? Don’t Shoot From The Hip.” The seminar deal with substantive gun crimes like Persons Not to Possess Firearms, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Robbery, and other crimes. It also covered sentencing issues that arise after a crime is committed with a gun. Mr. Fairlie revealed numerous little-known defenses, such as the defense that Prohibited Offensive Weapons are not illegal if possessed for a lawful purpose, such as self-defense. 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 908(b)(3). Other topics covered included what convictions prevent someone from possessing a firearm under both state and federal law, and how someone who is prevented from lawfully carrying a firearm can attempt to have their rights reinstated.