The new state law that grants legal standing to individuals and groups who object to the gun safety ordinances passed by about ninety Pennsylvania communities is now the subject of a lawsuit filed by several towns and cities across the state. The law also requires defendants in gun ordinance complaint cases to pay their opponents’ legal fees. “That sweet deal for gun groups reverses the general rule that applies in almost all other lawsuits in state courts — each side pays its own lawyers,” writes the PennLive Editorial Board.
The law was passed in a way that violates the Pennsylvania Constitution’s requirement that bills be limited to one subject, argue the plaintiffs.
“Here’s hoping the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has the good sense to strike down the law and lift the threat now facing Harrisburg and scores of other communities that have passed gun safety rules that don’t burden responsible gun owners.”