NRA suing Lancaster and two other Pa. cities over gun laws

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 14, 2015 11:29 AM

(Undated) -- The National Rifle Association is filing suit against three Pennsylvania cities, including one in the midstate, seeking to stop them from enforcing their firearms laws. 

The NRA is taking advantage of a new state law that makes it easier for gun-rights groups to sue to overturn local firearms measures.

The group filed suit against Lancaster late Tuesday and is in the process of suing Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The NRA's Chris Cox contends the cities have "openly defied'' a 40-year-old state prohibition of municipal firearms regulation.  

Lancaster, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are challenging the new law in court.

Philadelphia officials have long contended the local measures are needed to combat persistent gun violence.  

Another group, Houston-based U.S. Law Shield, sued Harrisburg on Tuesday over its gun laws.

Reading is among other municipalities who have pulled back on strict gun laws since the state law went into effect.

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