PA House Gets Bill to Crack Down on City Gun Laws

Individuals could sue cities for their restrictions, get legal costs reimbursed.

Newsworks reports: “Gun owners and groups including the National Rifle Association would be able to take municipalities to court over local gun restrictions under a measure that passed a House committee with overwhelming support Tuesday. The bill would give challengers of local gun restrictions the legal standing necessary to ask for court review of an ordinance. Successful challengers could be reimbursed by municipalities for legal costs and other expenses.” While some cities do have laws more restrictive than state laws, experts say they’ve not been enforced. The new bill might force those cities to strip those laws from the books, anyway.

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  • Sam

    Why are they going backwards instead of forward? We need more gun restrictions. This bill wants to cost local taxpayers money in defense costs? Why don’t they do a study first and see if the local laws are effective in stopping gun violence and see if the restrictions are really bothering anybody. Anyway, it could be a blessing because I think the courts will rule in favor of the laws so this could backfire big time.

    • MystiKasT

      How does gun control stop violence? All the studies I’ve read actually say that the more law-abiding citizens that own guns, the less crime there is.

    • pjcostello

      MANY studies have been done, and laws restricting ownership and, more importantly, concealed-carry, do NOTHING to curb gun violence. The opposite is true, and has always been true: More LEGAL guns, less violent crime. Period.

      Name the three of the most restrictive gun cities, and look at their violent crime rates: Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit. Would YOU want to live unarmed in any of those places??? I know I wouldn’t.

      Criminals want victims, not opponents. The thought that a regular person is armed is enough to stop robbers and rapists in their tracks; they’re not looking for a shootout, they’re looking for a victim who will not, and cannot, fight back.

      • DTurner

        Funny, you mentioned three cities that were already known for gun violence before said laws were enacted. Also, how would you explain the fact that other countries with total bans on small arms have significantly lower instances of violent (gun-related) crime? Are they just less savage than us?

        Also, violent crime has dropped in DC, if you feel like you need a gun in DC these days you are a deeply paranoid individual.

        • pjcostello

          Indeed? Try some facts, instead of ideologically-driven opinion. Here’s some to get you started, assuming you’re intellectually honest enough to read facts.

          http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp
          http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/18/gun-ownership-gun-deaths-study

          Highlights:

          * During the years in which the D.C. handgun ban and trigger lock law was in effect, the Washington, D.C. murder rate averaged 73% higher than it was at the outset of the law, while the U.S. murder rate averaged 11% lower.

          Calculated with data from:
          Dataset: “Uniform Crime Reporting Program, District of Columbia, 1960-2008.” Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Data supplied to Just Facts on June 15, 2010. Data available upon request.
          Dataset: “Uniform Crime Reporting Program, United States, 1960-2008.” Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Data supplied to Just Facts on June 15, 2010. Data available upon request.
          NOTE: The averages were calculated by averaging the murder rates from all years in which the ban was effective for at least 6 months of the year.

          * The homicide rate in England and Wales has averaged 52% higher since the outset of the 1968 gun control law and 15% higher since the outset of the 1997 handgun ban.

          * Since the outset of the Chicago handgun ban, the Chicago murder rate has averaged 17% lower than it was before the law took effect, while the U.S. murder rate has averaged 25% lower.

  • MystiKasT

    Philly gun laws are unconstitutional. Happy to see this legislation. Hopefully it passes and we can put philly in its place.

  • eagle

    We should all carry guns. The problem is the “concealed” part. Nobody should be allowed to conceal their weapon. If we know who is packing we know who not to attack.

  • DTurner

    Good to see that the State Assembly is working hard to improve the state economy, oh wait..

  • Rashad Johnson

    The second amendment was added not to protect the rights of hunters or gun enthusiasts ,but to protect the rights of American citizens and to prevent tyranny.

  • crateish

    Gun loons are sinking this country.