Philadelphia, November 10, 2014 — CeaseFirePA today stood with several state senators and representatives, and Pennsylvania mayors as they announced the filing of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Act 192, the special standing/preemption legislation that allows gun advocates and groups like the NRA to sue our cities. Plaintiffs state Senators Daylin Leach, Lawrence Farnese and Vincent Hughes; state Representatives Cherelle Parker and Edward Gainey; and the cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster are suing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, House Speaker Sam Smith, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley in his capacity as presiding officer of the Senate, and Governor Tom Corbett. CeaseFirePA Executive Director Shira Goodman praised the plaintiffs “for acting as true public servants and standing up to protect the people of Pennsylvania and their communities from the unconstitutional actions of the state legislature and Governor Corbett.”
The law suit alleges that Act 192 violates the Pennsylvania Constitution and its strictures regarding construction and evolution of legislation. The Complaint details the ongoing procedural maneuvers, including amendments, extra session days, late voting sessions and bill resignings that ultimately resulted in Act 192. “It’s clear,” said Goodman, “that the legislature could not pass this unprecedented and dangerous bill through adherence to the usual rules governing the legislative process and instead resorted to ‘an any means necessary’ mindset to get this bill in front of the Governor. Such actions naturally result in bad laws.”
CeaseFirePA has been fighting this legislation and these procedural games with a statewide coalition of mayors, local officials, legislators and individual Pennsylvanians. “We are proud to have helped bring together this group of plaintiffs who are continuing the fight. We thank the legislators who are challenging the actions of their colleagues and the cities that are leading the charge on behalf of municipalities across the Commonwealth,” said Goodman.