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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Carl P. Hanson

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA EASTERN DISTRICT


August 30, 2011

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, RESPONDENT :
v.
CARL P. HANSON, PETITIONER

Petition for Allowance of Appeal from the Order of the Superior Court

Per curiam.

ORDER

AND NOW, this 30th day of August, 2011, the Petition for Allowance of Appeal is GRANTED, LIMITED to the following issues, rephrased for clarity:

1. Whether, as a matter of statutory construction, the Superior Court properly construed 42 Pa.C.S. § 9712.1(a), and specifically:

(a) What is the meaning of the term "control of a firearm," as used in Section 9712.1(a)?

(b) Whether, under Section 9712.1(a), the Commonwealth demonstrates that a defendant was "in physical possession or control of a firearm" by merely proving that the firearm was "visible, concealed about the person . . . or within the actor's . . . reach or in close proximity to the controlled substance?"

(c) What is the meaning of the term "in close proximity," as used in Section 9712.1(a)?

2. Whether the Superior Court correctly determined that Section 9712.1(a) was applicable to Petitioner's case?

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