Fight Over Guns, Gun Control, And Lawsuits Featured Prominently In Pa. Supreme Court Race

Fight Over Guns, Gun Control, And Lawsuits Featured Prominently In Pa. Supreme Court Race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It is the case that Kevin Brobson cannot get out of his head: the National Rifle Association and gun owners couldn’t get Pennsylvania’s courts to consider their lawsuits challenging firearms restrictions in cities. Brobson, now running for a seat on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, is a key figure in an expanding fight over gun laws that is drawing out in the Legislature, the state’s highest court, and the state’s biggest cities. READ MORE: The fight over gun control is also featuring prominently in the three-way Republican primary race for the state Supreme Court seat, as Brobson and the two other candidates show off endorsements by gun-rights groups, attend the groups’ meetings or point to pro-gun decisions they made from the bench. The fights in court revolve around a couple of things. One is a state “pre-emption” law — vigorously protected by the Republican-controlled Legislature — that has long prohibited municipalities from regulating the possession of guns. The other is court precedent that someone must show they were harmed by a municipal firearms ordinance before a judge will consider their legal challenge to it. Lawsuits are multiplying over the drive-by cities — including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg — to write their own firearms laws to try to stem rising gun violence. “It’s very likely, given the makeup of the Legislature, there are going to be more lawsuits and we need judges who are going to decide lawsuits based on the constitution,” said Kim Stolfer, the co-founder and […]

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