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.