Philadelphia heading for second pre-emption battle with General Assembly

Philadelphia heading for second pre-emption battle with General Assembly

City Council passed a bill Thursday banning firearms and other weapons from parks and recreation centers. The action could lead to a second round of pre-emption battles with the state legislature.
 
The ban would appear to run afoul of state laws that prevent municipalities from enacting their own restrictions on gun carrying. One week prior, the council passed a red flag law that would allow firearms to be removed from the possession of those deemed a risk to themselves or others via court order.
Monday, November 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philly “red flag” laws awaiting review and Mayor’s signature

Philly “red flag” laws awaiting review and Mayor’s signature

A bill authorizing the removal of guns from those considered a threat to themselves and others passed Philadelphia City Council and now awaits the signature of Mayor Jim Kenney (D). If signed, it will likely face a legal challenge. 

Philadelphia is the second major jurisdiction in the commonwealth to pass legislation regarding protective orders against citizens that would remove firearms from their possession. The one passed in Allegheny County has already been challenged in court and a county judge deemed it “void and unenforceable” last month.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

F&M poll: Majority of voters support red-flag bill, expanding background checks

80 percent of voters strongly or somewhat favor legislation that would allow courts to take control of a person’s weapons if a judge determines them to be a risk to themselves or others, according to a new poll from Franklin and Marshall University released Thursday.

That number, however, falls to 66 percent when voters are informed a gun owner might “temporarily lose their firearms before they can represent themselves in court,” a gap which illustrates the difficult landscape gun control activists must face in the state.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Council committee forwards four public safety bills

Philadelphia City Council committee forwards four public safety bills

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Public Safety offered favorable recommendations Wednesday for three ordinances and a resolution to matters under consideration or recently passed by Harrisburg. 
 
Philadelphia has long sought to expand gun safety regulations in the city, only to see previous measures pre-empted by the General Assembly. Some of the bills that earned recommendation in the hearing have been proposed in previous sessions.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Rep. Bullock introduces “Safe Haven” bill

Rep. Bullock introduces “Safe Haven” bill

Rep. Donna Bullock (D-Philadelphia) introduced a bill in August that would ban guns and other dangerous weapons in public parks and recreation facilities.
 
The legislation, House Bill 1764, comes in the wake of multiple incidents at parks and other public areas during the summer. In Philadelphia, six were shot at a large cookout in a Southwest Philadelphia park over Father’s Day weekend.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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