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Smart Talk: Gun groups sue Lancaster and Harrisburg; Susquehanna Art Museum re-opens

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 14, 2015 4:12 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, January 15, 2014:

The cities of Harrisburg and Lancaster are being sued by gun rights groups over their local gun ordinances.

Pennsylvania has long barred local municipalities from enacting gun laws that restrict the ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of guns or ammunition. 

Several municipalities across the state -- mostly cities -- adopted laws anyway saying they were needed to reduce gun violence or illegal guns.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly approved a bill last year that would allow gun owners who aren't impacted by the local ordinances to challenge them.  That law went into effect last week.

As a result, the National Rifle Association is suing the city of Lancaster and Texas-based U.S. Law Shield is going to court against the city of Harrisburg claiming the cities' gun ordinances violate state law.

One of the local laws being challenged requires gun owners to report lost or stolen guns.

Lancaster Mayor Rick Mayor joins us on Smart Talk to respond.

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Also, there's excitement in central Pennsylvania's arts and education communities over the long-awaited re-opening of the Susquehanna Art Museum at 1401 North Third Street in Harrisburg's Midtown.   There's a new exhibition that marks the occasion too.

Appearing on the program are Laurene Buckley, Executive Director, Susquehanna Art Museum and Lauren Nye, Exhibitions Manager.

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  • Lisa img 2015-01-15 09:26

    It seems that there is another issue here. The rights of local government. My understanding is that local government is allowed to pass stricter regulations than state and state may pass stricter regulations than federal. Would overturning this local regulation open the door to overturning other local regulations that are more strict than state standards? Be careful what you wish for.

  • Bob Nunn img 2015-01-15 09:31

    I don't live in Lancaster, but I would donate. That donation would come from someone that like guns, but dislikes the NRA.

  • deborahmallek img 2015-01-15 09:46

    To the caller who was comparing carry permits in VA to PA, since he is a carry permit holder, he should know that there are vast differences in the regulations surrounding those permits. In VA, you must attend gun safety classes and know how to use a firearm. In PA, you simply have to show up at your local courthouse with your driver's license, the fee, and a brief application. YOU DO NOT NEED TO PROVE YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FIREARMS TO OBTAIN A LICENSE TO CARRY THEM IN PA.

    All of this, of course, has nothing to do with the disputed regulations.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-01-15 09:51

    The right and ability of local municipalities or other governmental entities to keep its citizens safe is a commonsense, paramount duty. If such a right and duty is considered unconstitutional by any group, one would have to examine the basis of that conclusion. Security, in as much as it is possible, is the most basic function of any governmental body.
    We have reached the point in democratic government where vested interests are able to carry the day over the citizenry. Our elected leaders respond first and foremost to the pervasive influence of unlimited money in politics. Money (and those who have it), is the answer to incumbency and power in politics. Our elected leaders are in fact inept at voting their own consciences or that of their constituency, because of the power of the NRA and other wealthy lobbying groups.
    With that established, the answer at street level is to put the issue to a public referendum. The only question on the referendum ballot would be “Should the municipality have the right to enact whatever Constitutional laws it deems necessary to ensure the safety and security of its citizens?” I submit that such referenda in any town, city, etc. in the U.S. would pass in every case.

    David

  • Larry img 2015-01-15 12:57

    If cities go into receivership, all Pennsylvania tax payers will be responsible for paying the city debt.

  • Larry img 2015-01-15 13:02

    If cities go into receivership, all Pennsylvania tax payers will be responsible for paying the city debt.

  • Watching Politics img 2015-01-16 13:52

    The Republicans are all about "local control" until they aren't.

    Never believe a Republican when he tries to tell you what his principles are.

  • Watching Politics img 2015-01-16 13:55

    "allow gun owners who aren't impacted by the local ordinances to challenge them"

    Which just goes to show you. Even the gun nuts know they are nuts. They're not even pretending to make sense anymore.

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