Novel law prompts towns agree to rescind gun measures

Jan 11, 2015 1:52 PM by News Staff

Barely a week after taking effect, a novel Pennsylvania law that makes it easier for gun-rights groups to challenge local firearms measures is already sparking change.

An attorney for four pro-gun groups and several residents says he put nearly 100 Pennsylvania municipalities on notice that they will face legal action unless they rescind their firearms laws. Attorney Joshua Prince says nearly two dozen municipalities have agreed to get rid of their potentially problematic ordinances rather than face litigation.

Pennsylvania has long prohibited its municipalities from enforcing their own gun laws, but many towns passed them anyway.

Under the new state law, "membership organizations" like the National Rifle Association can sue a town on behalf of any Pennsylvania member.

The cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster have sued to overturn the new law, saying the legislation was passed improperly.

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