Suit against Pa. gun con­trol or­di­nances to pro­ceed

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A law­suit chal­leng­ing the le­gal­ity of gun con­trol or­di­nances in the Penn­syl­va­nia cap­i­tal has gained new mo­men­tum in court.

The Penn­syl­va­nia Com­mon­wealth Court ruled 7-0 on Thurs­day that a gun own­ers’ group and sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als fight­ing Har­ris­burg reg­u­la­tion have a stand­ing to chal­lenge most of the or­di­nances.

Pennlive.com re­ports the rul­ing is a re­ver­sal of a 2018 de­ci­sion by Dauphin County Judge An­drew Dowl­ing as well as the court’s pre­vi­ous de­ci­sions shield­ing some lo­cal gun or­di­nances from sim­i­lar law­suits.

The ar­gu­ment has been that plain­tiffs had not been pros­e­cuted un­der their terms and there­fore show no harm.

The new rul­ing per­mits the law­suit to chal­lenge or­di­nances that in­clude bar­ring the pos­ses­sion or fir­ing of guns in city parks or within city lim­its for pur­poses other than public de­fense.

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