House Bill 1243 passed the Pennsylvania House this week, and is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Here’s what the bill does: It discourages Pennsylvania cities and municipalities from passing gun laws that are more restrictive than state-level gun laws, or from keeping such laws that are already on the books.
Here’s how the bill does that: It lets people sue Pennsylvania cities and municipalities with those too-restrictive gun ordinances,” writes Joel Mathis. What’s worse is that it’ll all be on the taxpayers’ dime.
And if it passes, gun owners, along with any “membership organization,” will have the standing to sue a city without finding a plaintiff. All these towns and cities are trying to do is ask its citizens to be responsible with their firearms—Second Amendment rights are not infringed. These local laws exist because state legislators aren’t doing enough about gun violence. But that doesn’t matter to the National Rifle Association.
“Under the new bill, the NRA doesn’t have to find a plaintiff to testify to wrongdoing — all it has to do is look at a city’s laws and decide it doesn’t like the cut of the city’s gib. That’s a rare privilege, one that the NRA hasn’t demonstrated it deserves,” says Mr. Mathis.
Governor Corbett has said he will sign the bill. If it becomes law, the Legislature will prove that it’s loyal to the NRA and not its own constituents.