The Pennsylvania House has passed the National Rifle Association-backed bill that would allow it, or any other membership group, the legal standing necessary to sue municipalities that have adopted gun safety ordinances. The bill is “designed not only to foster more litigation, but to make it impossible for defendants to afford to go to court,” writes The Times-Tribune‘s editorial board. Governor Tom Corbett has said he plans to sign it.
“Among those municipal ordinances are several requiring the reporting of lost or stolen guns, an effort to prevent people from selling their weapons to criminals and claiming later that they had been stolen. Such laws do not preclude anyone, other than felons, from bearing arms […] And, in completing their deference to the gun lobby, lawmakers included a provision requiring local governments — taxpayers — to pay the plaintiffs’ legal expenses. The law is a farcical exercise in narrow-interest governance.”