Philly is suing Pennsylvania so the city can enact stronger gun control laws

Philly is suing Pennsylvania so the city can enact stronger gun control laws

West Philly residents gathered in August to call for stronger action after a 7-year-old was shot and killed Love Philly? Sign up for the free Billy Penn email newsletter to get everything you need to know about Philadelphia, every day. The City of Philadelphia is suing Pennsylvania so it can enact stronger gun safety laws and curb the epidemic of violence roiling the city, officials will announce today. Joined as plaintiffs in the lawsuit by residents across the commonwealth who’ve been impacted by gun violence, the city will argue that state law “handcuffs” them from implementing policies “that have repeatedly been shown to be effective in saving lives,” according to a joint statement from Mayor Jim Kenney and leaders in Philly City Council. Germantown’s Happy Hollow Recreation Center, the oldest in the city , was chosen as the location for Wednesday afternoon’s announcement “due to historical rates of gun violence in the area,” said Patricia Gillett, spokesperson for Council President Darrell Clarke. The suit comes as Philadelphia reached a dark milestone of at least 364 murders this year so far, surpassing the number of victims for all of 2019. The city is on track to record more homicides than any year in more than a decade. Local lawmakers say their hands are tied by state preemption laws , wherein state law usurps city ordinance and forbids municipal government from enacting stricter gun control measures. Last year, for example, Clarke and Councilmember Cindy Bass introduced a bill that would prohibit […]

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