Three Pennsylvania Cities to Be Sued by the NRA
A new state law has made it much easier for pro-gun groups like the National Rifle Association to sue Pennsylvania cities for firearm ordinances. And that’s exactly what’s happening in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Lancaster.
Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, stated that these three cities have “openly defied” a 40-year-old state law that forbids municipalities from enforcing any gun laws that regulate firearms ownership and transfers.
Gun-rights groups have complained about these local ordinances noting that the plaintiffs were always shut down in court due to their inability to prove harm. The new law, which came into effect last week, no longer requires gun owners to show how the city regulations have hurt them. It also allows for organizations like the NRA to sue the municipalities for legal fees and other costs.
“This should be a wake-up call for citizens across Pennsylvania,” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said. “We’re not taking away anyone’s right to own a gun – or 10 or 20 guns. What we’re saying is when a gun is lost or stolen, you’ve got to report it. Too many people are being killed in the streets of Pittsburgh and other cities with stolen guns.”
More than 20 other local governments across the state have repealed gun regulations in fear of litigation.
A Houston-based group, U.S. Law Shield, has already filed suit against the city of Harrisburg.
“We expect every municipality to repeal ordinances that are pre-empted. If other folks don’t get on board with what the law requires, they can expect to hear from us in due course,” NRA attorney Jonathan Goldstein said.