Lancaster mayor: Gun legislation could cost tens of thousands of dollars

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Mayor Rick Gray believes a piece of legislation moving through the legislature could cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

“It’s anti-self defense for the people of the City of Lancaster and it’s anti-taxpayer,” Gray told ABC 27 News.

Passed through the Senate on Monday, Senate Bill 1330 allows gun owners and organizations like the National Rifle Association to sue municipalities over gun ordinances that are stricter than state laws.

“If they win, we have to pay their attorneys’ fees, which are tens of thousands of dollars,” Gray said. “If they lose, we still have to pay our own attorneys’ fees out of taxpayer funds.”

Similar legislation was enacted before and Lancaster was sued twice over ordinances that restrict gun usage. The suits were eventually dropped when the state Supreme Court ruled the law was unconstitutional on the way it passed through the legislature.

“We see the damage that overly loose guns laws (have),” Gray said. “We see the damage that it causes in Harrisburg, York, and Lancaster.”

Senator Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) drafted the recent bill. He told ABC27 News it’s about uniformity.

“No one wants to sue any municipalities,” Alloway said. “The easy remedy for all of these folks is just to repeal their anti-gun laws. If the cities and the people of Pennsylvania want some type of gun regulation, it needs to be done at the state level.”

The bill has yet to be brought up in the House.

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