Yesterday morning, Commonwealth Court hosted the legal dispute between the municipalities challenging Act 192 and their opponents. Portions of the measure allow gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, to sue Pennsylvania towns and cities over their gun ordinances. “Those provisions were added last fall, at the tail end of the legislative session, to an otherwise unremarkable bill addressing the theft of metals like copper,” writes The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Chris Potter. “Critics say the measure violates a state Constitutional requirement that legislation remain true to its original purpose, and that its provisions all relate to the same subject — a dictate called the ‘single subject rule.’”

Philadelphia attorney Robert Masterson, arguing on the plaintiffs’ behalf, said of Act 192, “If the public looking at the text can’t see what the connection is, there’s no way [the connection] can be reasonable.”

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