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Pa. lawmakers approve plan to widen gun law challenges

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 20, 2014 11:30 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A bill to give groups like the NRA the legal standing to launch court challenges to local gun laws is on its way to Governor Corbett's desk.

The House has voted by a comfortable margin to approve the legislation to let membership organizations to sue if any of its members is adversely affected by an illegal local gun ordinance.

Opponents say its main targets are the dozens of local laws that require people to report to law enforcement whenever a gun is lost or stolen.

The NRA supports the proposal.

Another section of the bill requires the state police to send existing mental-health data to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System within 90 days so it can be used to check the background of people nationwide who are trying to acquire a firearm.

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