Act 192 has set a dangerous precedent in Pennsylvania. Prior to its passage, individuals and groups wanting to sue over local gun laws had to show that they had been directly harmed by them. Now, any Pennsylvania resident who can legally own a gun—along with any organization counting that individual as a member—can sue.
“Now somebody who lives in Philadelphia who is not a gun owner can sue Pittsburgh because they don’t like one of the gun ordinances that they have. And they can do that even if they’ve never been to Pittsburgh, have no intent to go to Pittsburgh. And they don’t even have to do it. They can get a gun group to do it for them,” said Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePennsylvania.