Philadelphia’s latest effort to curb violence through gun control was temporarily blocked by a city judge yesterday in a ruling that left a National Rifle Association lawyer calling for Mayor Michael Nutter’s arrest for “official oppression,” reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The temporary restraining order blocks enforcement of a package of five gun-control laws passed last week by City Council and signed by Nutter.
C. Scott Shields, who filed the lawsuit for the NRA, said Nutter and the council were a “rogue government” for enacting laws invalidated in 1996 by the state Supreme Court. Shields praised District Attorney Lynne Abraham’s announcement that she would not enforce the new gun laws because such prosecutions would violate Supreme Court precedent. Abraham said, however, that, “I am not going to arrest the mayor and members of City Council.”