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Court rejects law that permitted outside groups to challenge local gun ordinances

June 26, 2015

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 25, 2015

By Chris Potter

Commonwealth Court has overturned a state law allowing gun enthusiasts and groups like the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities over local gun ordinances. But it’s unlikely the last shot has been fired. Act 192 of 2014 allowed state residents eligible to own a gun, or a group representing them, to challenge local gun ordinances anywhere in the state. If the plaintiffs prevailed, the municipality would have to pay their legal fees.

On Thursday, though, a seven-judge panel of the appellate court ruled that Act 192 violated constitutional rules governing the legislative process. Senate Republicans say an appeal to the state Supreme Court is likely.

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