In Pennsylvania, Gun Groups Can Now Sue Cities

Our Law Shield members in Pennsylvania have just gained a measure of protection from cities that, on their own, try to pass ordinances relating to guns and gun control in the future.

On Oct. 28, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a measure that would give anyone who may legally own a firearm — and membership organizations like Law Shield — the legal standing to sue any municipality that enacts gun laws that are more stringent than the state’s.

The law, styled House Bill 80, is the strongest firearms-preemption statute in the country. This critical pro-gun legislation strengthens the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania and allows citizens to seek legal remedies against localities whose gun control ordinances exceed state law.

A much-needed protection for gun owners in the Keystone State, HB 80 will provide a way for responsible gun owners to hold municipalities accountable and responsible for infringing on Second Amendment rights.

HB 80 takes effect in sixty days.

About 30 cities and towns in Pennsylvania have laws that govern gun ownership, including Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Lancaster, we’ve learned. Those laws include requirements that gun owners report stolen or lost weapons.

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