A letter from the executive director of Keystone Progress, Michael Morrill, reminds us that the safety of our communities is now at risk because of an amendment to House Bill 1243. It “would, in essence, give special standing to groups like the National Rifle Association to sue our towns if they try to implement common-sense gun violence safety laws at the local level.”
Originally, the bill was about requiring that Pennsylvania’s mental health records be shared with the national criminal background check system and “establishing a procedure for restoring firearms possession rights for people who believe they should no longer be prohibited based on mental health history.”
But it has now been co-opted by the gun lobby, who would have a powerful tool to challenge municipal lost-or-stolen reporting laws if it passes. Furthermore, our taxes would pay the gun groups’ legal fees.