Pa. high court won’t revive law that allowed gun groups to sue cities

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state’s highest court won’t restore a law that allowed gun groups to sue Pennsylvania cities with local gun ordinances.

The state Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling last year that struck down Act 192 of 2014 as unconstitutional.

Act 192, signed by then-Governor Tom Corbett, allowed the National Rifle Association and other gun advocacy groups to sue Harrisburg, Lancaster, and other municipalities with gun regulations that went beyond state law.

The justices affirmed the opinion of Commonwealth Court that the law violated the single-subject requirement of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Article III, Section 3 states that “No bill shall be passed containing more than one subject, which shall be clearly expressed in its title, except a general appropriations bill or a bill codifying or compiling the law or a part thereof.”

Act 192 began as House Bill 80 and its original purpose was to create penalties for the theft of secondary metals such copper and aluminum.

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