Court Strikes Down Law That Let NRA Sue Pa. Cities

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A Commonwealth Court has struck down the new state law that let the NRA — and other third parties — sue Pennsylvania cities for their gun restrictions.

The law is “unconstitutional and void,” the court said in Thursday morning’s ruling. Read more »

New Jersey Man Tried to Sneak Gun Between Cheeks

Any day that the Philadelphia Daily News has a chance to make a gross joke on its cover is a really, really good day for the Daily News, and for all of us, really. Let us all bow our heads and give thanks for how a great tabloid headline can enrich city life:

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So yes, this is the story about how Darquan Lee, 21, attempted to hide a small firearm in his butt — only to be caught by observant jail personnel. Let’s let the Bridgeton (N.J.) Police Department tell their own story, via Facebook: Read more »

Court Weighs Challenge to NRA-Friendly Gun Law

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Judges in Pittsburgh on Wednesday heard a challenge to a new state law that lets third-party groups like the NRA sue cities if their gun ordinances are more restrictive than state law.

The law’s challengers, including Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, contend that it was passed improperly: The state constitution requires legislative bills to be about a single subject; the gun bill was passed, though, by inserting its language in a bill originally concerning scrap metal theft. Read more »

When Murder Turns Us Into Monsters

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Last week, I spent the majority of my time reporting on the murder of Jim Stuhlman, an unarmed 51-year-old man who was shot dead on Thursday, March 12th, while taking his dog for an evening stroll on his quiet street in Overbrook. And adding to the tragedy of Stuhlman’s murder was the Philadelphia Police Department’s announcement that the suspects in the case are in their mid-teens. Read more »

Clarke Wants ShotSpotter Tech for Philly

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Council President Darrell Clarke wants to bring ShotSpotter technology to Philadelphia in an effort to reduce shootings and track shooters.

The technology has been used for more than a year in Camden, where it’s credited with helping police reduce overall violence, and it’s now being rolled out in parts of New York City. The technology uses a series of sensors to detect gunfire and triangulate its location in real time, helping police respond quickly to a shooting scene if need be. Read more »

Gabby Giffords to Lobby for New Gun Laws in Jersey

Gabby Giffords, courtesy her Facebook page.

Gabby Giffords, courtesy her Facebook page.

Gabby Giffords, the former U.S. congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt despite traumatic head wounds, will be in New Jersey today to lobby for tougher gun laws in that state.

Her appearance today is part of a broader two-day swing through Eastern states to encourage action by state legislatures. “If Congress won’t act, then maybe leaders in the states will,” she said in a Tuesday Facebook post. Read more »

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: The NRA Lost Face

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Do you have a gun? Do you think I have a gun? Most media reports would have you believe that ever since President Obama’s election, we Americans have been arming ourselves to the teeth. But a new survey by the well-respected, independent research organization NORC shows just the opposite. Only 22 percent of us today own guns, down from 31 percent in 1985. So come out of that bunker. The NRA’s desperate efforts to overturn gun-control ordinances in cities like Lancaster and Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are the death throes of a lobbying bully that knows its time is coming to an end. For which citizens from Newtown, Connecticut, to Aurora, Colorado, gratefully say: Amen.

 

You Can Own Guns Mayor Frank Rizzo Used to Own

Baby Hammerless .22 short caliber revolver previously owned by Frank Rizzo, via Stephenson's Auction

Baby Hammerless .22 short caliber revolver previously owned by Frank Rizzo, via Stephenson’s Auction

Stephenson’s Auction, a Southampton based auction house, is currently selling numerous firearms and Nazi war memorabilia at auction. Also included in this collection? Three pistols once owned by Mayor Frank Rizzo.

The guns come with certificates of authenticity that call Rizzo “A True Larger Than Life Legend in the History of a Great City.” They’re signed by Rizzo’s son, Frank Rizzo Jr., and were previously sold to a collector. Rizzo died in July 1991 while attempting another run for mayor.

Cindy Stephenson, who owns the auction house, told NBC 10 the guns came from the estate of a man who was “a big Rizzo admirer.” They certificates of authenticity came from a previous sale of the three guns. Read more »

Jersey Man Gets More Than 60,000 Signatures on Petition for Chris Christie to Pardon Him on Gun Charge

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New Jersey is well known to have some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. Get caught with a BB gun that you didn’t register with the state (you read that right: You have to register BB guns), and you could go to jail for three years or more. Philadelphia mom Shaneen Allen found out just how tough those laws were when she narrowly escaped jail time after bringing her legally registered gun into New Jersey. And now we’re learning about a 24-year-old New Jersey man having his own battle with the system. Read more »

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