Pennsylvania Senate Passes Another Gun Pre-Emption Bill

The PA Senate passed a bill to ban all local gun ordinances if they are more restrictive than state law.


The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill Monday banning municipal gun ordinances more restrictive than state law.

The 30-19 vote comes four months after the State Supreme Court struck down similar legislation, Act 192, because of technicalities in the way lawmakers originally passed it two years earlier.

Act 192, the court ruled, violated the state’s single-subject rule — meaning it addressed too many subjects in one bill — making it unconstitutional. Republicans had amended the law’s language into a scrap metal theft bill and pushed it across then-Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk just days before he lost his re-election bid to Democrat Tom Wolf in 2014.

So lawmakers started over, drafting similar pieces of legislation — House Bill 2258 and Senate Bill 1330 — in hopes of passing the law before the end of legislative session in December.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced HB 2258 to the chamber floor for a final vote last month, though no timeline for its consideration has been scheduled.

While the House bill enjoys some bipartisan support, Senate Democrats unanimously panned SB 1330 Monday because it allows any gun owner or well-financed membership organization, like the National Rifle Association, to sue municipalities.

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