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Gun rights group sues Montgomery County community

Written by WITF Staff Report and The Associated Press | Mar 24, 2015 8:03 AM
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(Bala Cynwyd) --  A gun rights group is suing a Philadelphia suburb over an ordinance it says conflicts with state law. 

Firearm Owners Against Crime has filed the lawsuit against Lower Merion Township.

The group says a law requiring a special permit to carry guns in the Montgomery County community's parks was vague and could mislead gun owners into thinking guns are banned. 

The township says there are exemptions, including for people with a state-issued gun license. 

Several communities, including Reading, have repealed gun ordinances following passage of a law strengthening state pre-emption of municipal gun ordinances.  

The National Rifle Association sued Lancaster, Philadelphia and  Pittsburgh earlier this year over their local gun ordinances. 

Last month, a Dauphin County judge issued a preliminary ruling that three of Harrisburg's restrictions on guns are unlawful, while preserving two ordinances banning firing a gun within city limits and requiring reporting of lost or stolen weapons.

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