Commonwealth Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against the legislature filed last year by two members of Philadelphia's City Council (related stories). The court says several gun ordinances the council passed last year include language saying they can't take effect unless the legislature allows municipalities to enact stricter laws. That hasn't happened.
Those measures would have limited gun purchases to one a month and banned assault weapons....
Pennsylvania law is clear to anyone who can read on a 6th grade level. Only the state government is allowed to regulate firearms, localities are not. I just heard on KYW-1060 AM that the city will probably appeal to the state supreme court. Thankfully, the last time Philadelphia tried to enact its own assault weapons ban, the state supreme court smacked it down hard.
The law is so clear that Philadelphia should be forced to pay the attorneys' fees and costs of the parties challenging their patently illegal ordinance.