Gun rights groups are going to need all the ‘power’ they can get. Our second amendment rights are on attack constantly.
On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania State Senate voted to give gun rights groups more power in court—specifically the ability to sue towns and cities that implement stricter gun control laws than the state government.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Senate voted 32-16 to pass the bill, which resulted from a 2012 legal battle between the National Rifle Association (NRA) and several Pennsylvania municipalities.
At the time, the lawsuit was dismissed because the court found that the NRA lacked standing, but the new bill will now allow the organization and others like it to hold municipalities accountable for overly restrictive laws.
“To date, nearly fifty [Pennsylvania] municipalities have enacted illegal gun control ordinances including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Reading and the state capital of Harrisburg,” The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action said in a recent press release. “Enough is enough.”
The bill will make it possible for organizations to sue municipalities and collect monetary damages and court fees if they win. Opponents of the bill criticize it for favoring special interests and limiting the ability of local governments to set laws.