Gun group sues Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A national gun owners group has filed a lawsuit against the City of Harrisburg over its firearms ordinances.

U.S. Law Shield attorney Justin McShane said the lawsuit was filed because the city has refused to repeal its gun ordinances. He said the city’s ordinances are illegal under Pennsylvania law, and law abiding gun owners are at risk for being prosecuted.

“The capital city must follow the laws that that capital passes,” McShane said in a statement. “Responsible gun owners follow the law. It is time for Harrisburg to learn that it is not above the law.”

A bill signed by Governor Tom Corbett last year allows groups to sue Pennsylvania municipalities with gun ordinances that go beyond state law. The bill went into effect Jan. 5.

The lawsuit could mean a major financial hit for the cash-strapped city.

Harrisburg’s laws prohibit minors from owning guns, the sale of guns within city limits, discharging a firearm within the city, and displaying a weapon during a state of emergency. A fifth ordinance says lost or stolen guns must be reported to police.

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