Pennsylvania cities sue over law on firearm rules

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 10, 2014 12:01 PM

(Philadelphia) -- Lancaster, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are suing the state over a new law that was designed to give the National Rifle Association the ability to sue over local firearms ordinances.

The lawsuit was filed today by the group, and several other state legislators. It alleges that lawmakers approved the measure in violation of state constitutional provisions designed to promote transparency in the legislative process.

Neither the NRA nor the gun-control advocacy group CeaseFirePA could cite a similar law in another state. The lawsuit is the latest fight between Pennsylvania cities that are seeking ways to curb gun violence and a legislature that has resisted new forms of gun control.

The NRA has complained that dozens of illegal local ordinances go unchallenged in court by residents who can prove it harmed them.

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