Penn­syl­va­nia

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State Supreme Court de­nies chal­lenge to gov­er­nor’s or­der: A di­vided Penn­syl­va­nia Supreme Court dis­missed gun rights ad­vo­cates’ le­gal chal­lenge to Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide or­der closing all “non-life-sus­tain­ing” busi­nesses, clear­ing the way for en­force­ment of the man­date to be­gin Mon­day.

In an or­der is­sued late Sun­day, the jus­tices de­nied a pe­ti­tion brought by a Bucks County gun buyer and a Lan­caster County gun store owner, who ar­gued that the coron­avirus clam­p­down vi­o­lated their Sec­ond Amend­ment right to bear arms.

The ap­pel­late court of­fered no ex­pla­na­tion for its de­ci­sion in a two-page or­der. Three of its jus­tices dis­sented, say­ing they were “trou­bled by the un­cer­tainty” set off by Wolf’s de­ci­sion to close nearly all busi­nesses in the state aside from ex­cep­tions in­clud­ing health care fa­cil­i­ties, gro­cery stores, phar­ma­cies and restau­rant take-out and de­liv­ery ser­vices.

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