Pennsylvania Cities Sue To Block Law Allowing NRA To Contest Their Gun Laws


Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and state legislators have sued to challenge a new Pennsylvania law that gives the National Rifle Association and similar organizations standing to sue municipalities over local gun control laws, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The lawsuit claims the bill is unconstitutional as it violates the requirement for bills to address only a single subject.

Proponents of the bill hurriedly sought a vehicle to pass it in the waning days of the legislative session, the suit says. As a result of the law, Pennsylvania is “awaiting a deluge of litigation from gun advocates” when it becomes effective in January, the suit says. Thirty Pennsylvania municipalities have ordinances requiring owners to inform police if a gun is lost or stolen, and 19 municipalities have passed resolutions asking the state to require such reporting, according to CeaseFirePA, a group that works to reduce gun violence.

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