New Law Prompts Pa. Cities to Overturn Gun Rules

State lets NRA sue municipalities at variance with state law.



Remember the new state law that allows the NRA to sue Pennsylvania towns for having gun restrictions at variance with the state’s rules? Well, the law is having the desired effect.

AP reports that Joshua Prince, a pro-gun attorney, estimates that 22 municipalities have struck down their gun laws — or plan to do so — rather than face a lawsuit.

“Under the new state law, gun owners no longer have to prove they have been harmed by the local measure to successfully challenge it,” AP reminds us, “and ‘membership organizations’ like the National Rifle Association can stand in to sue on behalf of any Pennsylvania member. The challenger can also seek damages.”

Philadelphia is part of a coalition of cities and politicians suing to overturn the state law.