Pennsylvania Lawmakers Give NRA More Power In Controversial Bill
The National Rifle Association has been gifted via a controversial bill passed by the Pennsylvania House which grants the gun group rights to sue over local gun laws. This isn’t sitting well with cities in that state who are trying to keep smaller townships safe.
The implicit threat of the legislation, which Gov. Corbett has indicated he will sign, is: Repeal your gun ordinances or risk costly lawsuits.
Word of the bill’s approval in the final hour of the legislative session drew strong reaction from all corners of the southeastern part of the state.
Law enforcement and government officials implored Corbett to veto the bill, saying the proposal was bad legislation that would open the floodgates to lawsuits that threaten self-rule, and could bankrupt smaller townships and boroughs.
“Cities across this commonwealth enact gun regulations in an effort to save lives, period,” said Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. “To meet such efforts with the threat of costly and frivolous litigation by special interests is heartless at best.”
Philadelphia is one of roughly 30 municipalities that have enacted local gun laws – most involving mandatory reporting of lost and stolen guns – in the six years since an effort to pass statewide gun control laws failed.
The legislation, amended to a bill involving the theft of metal, would broaden the definition of “standing” to include “membership organizations” such as the NRA.
Think Progress reports:
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a major casualty of the new bill is likely to be several local ordinances “involving mandatory reporting of lost and stolen guns.” The Inquirer also quotes Montgomery County Solicitor Sean Kilkenny, who says he recommends that three localities within that county repeal their lost or stolen gun ordinance — “[i]f a town like Jenkintown gets sued, a couple hundred thousand dollars would blow a huge hole in their budget.”
This comes a day after another school shooting and gives the NRA more power to discount local laws set up to provide safety to their city’s residents. [su_csky_ad]