Senate Approves Legislation to Protect Responsible Gun Owners

HARRISBURG — The Senate passed legislation today to prevent municipalities from targeting responsible gun owners with local firearms ordinances that are more restrictive than existing state laws, according to Sen. Richard Alloway II (R-33).

Senate Bill 1330 would allow an individual or organization to sue to block an overly restrictive local firearms ordinance. In current practice, gun owners who are accused of violating local ordinances often lack the time and financial resources to engage in a lengthy and costly legal battle necessary to overturn unconstitutional gun regulations at the local level.

“Municipalities do not have the authority to enforce ordinances that contradict state statutes and the Constitution, but it can be extremely difficult to hold municipalities accountable when they unilaterally decide to trample the Second Amendment rights of citizens,” Alloway said. “This legislation puts the onus on the municipality to defend its actions instead of placing this burden on individuals whose rights are being infringed.”

The legislation restores the original intent of the Uniform Firearms Act, which was designed to prevent municipalities from enacting their own ordinances. Similar legislation was signed into law in 2014, but a state Supreme Court ruling last year overturned the law based on procedural grounds that had nothing to do with the content of the law, Alloway said.

Senate Bill 1330 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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