“The Sue Our Cities Bill” is a bullying tactic to financially punish PA towns that take action to protect public safety.
It starts with a confusing doctrine called preemption, undermines traditional legal rules, and is really a gift for the gun lobby at taxpayers’ expense.
The gun lobby has repeatedly tried to sue cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. But several
PA courts found that the NRA lacked standing to sue. Standing requires someone to have a real stake in a case – to have suffered actual harm or be in imminent danger of such harm.
To get around this, the NRA wants the state legislature to eliminate the standing requirement but only for lawsuits challenging local firearms ordinances. Anyone who can lawfully own a gun in PA would be able to sue any town with a gun ordinance. And, any organization with such a person as a member could sue as well. This fundamentally changes how our legal system works.
Can you email your legislator and ask him or her to vote no on this dangerous proposal?