Legal filing questions constitutionality of Act 192

PHILADELPHIA, November 10, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) and a delegation of Philadelphia’s federal, state and municipally elected officials, in addition to CeaseFire PA and the mayor of Lancaster, announced today that they are challenging the constitutionally of Act 192 in court.

“Gun violence is a serious issue in Philadelphia, in Lancaster and in dozens of communities across Pennsylvania, but in the late hours of this past legislative session Gov. Corbett and his party decided to bow down to the NRA one more time and pass a law that drastically weakens the ability of municipalities to pass laws and make their communities safer,” said Farnese.

“Legislators like those of us who have come together today know this is bad law; a sweetheart deal for one, and only one, group. I’m proud to be working with them to get this bad law thrown out.”

The suit challenges the new law on the grounds that it does not meet Pennsylvania’s single subject law. The language that gives the NRA standing was added to a bill that increases the penalties for stealing secondary metals. The revised act gives the National Rifle Association direct standing to challenge local gun laws in addition to mandating specific damages by amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses).

The lawsuit was filed in Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg today.

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