Philadelphia, state lawmakers speak out against proposed reenactment of municipal gun ordinance preemption law

Philadelphia city officials were joined by state lawmakers Thursday in Philadelphia City Council Chambers to speak out against two legislative proposals moving through the General Assembly that would reenact a previously-held unconstitutional law that would give standing to membership organizations to bring actions on behalf of members to overturn municipal gun ordinances that are preempted by state law.

 

The original law, which was passed as part of Act 192 of 2014, was found unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this June based upon procedural grounds.

Thursday, September 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Municipal gun ordinance preemption bill clears House committee

Municipal gun ordinance preemption bill clears House committee

Legislation that would largely reenact the municipal gun ordinance preemption provisions of Act 192 of 2014 overwhelmingly passed the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

 

The bill, House Bill 2258, would grant standing to Pennsylvania residents who are lawfully able to possess a firearm and membership organizations representing a similarly situated individual to challenge municipal gun ordinances they believe are preempted by state law.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Committee’s procedural move puts off immediate action on gun control bill

Committee’s procedural move puts off immediate action on gun control bill

The House Judiciary Committee Wednesday voted to re-refer House Bill 1770—legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) that would prevent the sale of guns to those on terror watch lists—to the House Rules Committee.

 

The move puts off an attempted end-run by Rep. Santarsiero that would have had the House vote later in the day on discharging the bill from the Judiciary Committee to be acted upon by the full House.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Santarsiero announces plan to put gun reform bill before the House

Santarsiero announces plan to put gun reform bill before the House

Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks) announced that he has collected the required number of signatures for a discharge petition for a floor vote on his bill to prohibit people on the terror watch list or the no fly list from purchasing a firearm with a background check.

Also called the “No Fly, No Buy” legislation, HB 1770 was introduced in January and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee where it has been held without a hearing or vote. 

“A discharge resolution is and extraordinary measure that should be used when a committee is not fulfilling its responsibility to consider important legislation. That is certainly the case here,” said Rep. Santarsiero. “This idea of prohibiting people on the terror watch list from purchasing a firearm is a reasonable measure that we should adopt to protect citizens from the acts of extremists.” 

Monday, June 20, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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Gun ordinance challenge law declared unconstitutional by Commonwealth Court

Gun ordinance challenge law declared unconstitutional by Commonwealth Court

In a Thursday morning decision by the Commonwealth Court, Act 192—which allows membership organizations to challenge municipal gun ordinances on behalf of members—has been declared unconstitutional.

In the opinion in the case of Leach v. Commonwealth authored by Judge Robert Simpson, the court found Act 192 (formerly House Bill 80 in the 2013-2014 legislative session), was violative of Article Three, sections one and three of the Pennsylvania Constitution, dealing with original purpose and the single subject requirement.

Thursday, June 25, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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