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File #: 160817    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/22/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/29/2016
Title: Denouncing Pennsylvania House Bill No. 2258, which would allow for the National Rifle Association and other similar organizations to challenge local gun regulations and hold municipalities liable for their legal fees.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Parker, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 16081700.pdf, 2. Signature16081700.pdf
Title
Denouncing Pennsylvania House Bill No. 2258, which would allow for the National Rifle Association and other similar organizations to challenge local gun regulations and hold municipalities liable for their legal fees.

Body
WHEREAS, On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted 21-6 in favor of Pennsylvania House Bill No. 2258, a bill introduced by Representative Mark Keller, which allows for the National Rifle Association and other gun enthusiasts in Pennsylvania to sue municipalities over local gun ordinances and restrictions; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania House Bill No. 2258 allows these individuals to bring suit, regardless of whether they reside in that specific municipality or are directly affected by the ordinance. Additionally, the bill allows for those who brought suit to be awarded legal expenses if they are successful in their case; and

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania House Bill No. 2258 is similar to previous legislation that was overturned by the Commonwealth Court in 2015 for violating Pennsylvania's State Constitution. This decision was upheld by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in June of 2016; and

WHEREAS, Statistics concerning gun violence in Philadelphia are alarming. From 2013 to 2015, the Philadelphia Police Department reported over 19,200 crimes involving firearms. In 2014, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reported that federal agents recovered 8,929 illegal guns in the state that year, a third of which were recovered in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, A report from the Philadelphia Police Department concerning crime thus far in 2016 show 1,819 robberies using guns and 1,628 assaults with guns across the City; and

WHEREAS, Most recently, in September of 2016, five people were killed and 14 were wounded, including two police officers, in shootings that occurred throughout the City within a span of 48 hours; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia County has the largest share of gun vi...

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