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NRA Wins Restraining Order Against Philadelphia <BR>City Barred from Enforcing Illegal Gun Control Measures

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Fairfax, VA-In the first round of the latest battle over Pennsylvania’s firearm preemption law, the National Rifle Association (NRA) was handed a victory over the City of Philadelphia, as a Philadelphia County court granted NRA’s motion for a temporary restraining order against the city’s newest gun control regulations.

A judge has ruled that Philadelphia is barred from enforcing the ordinances and moving forward on promulgating regulations. The City opposed the injunction, saying they believed that the ordinances are both necessary and constitutional.

District Attorney Lynne Abraham previously advised Philadelphia’s city council and mayor that their gun control proposals were unconstitutional, but the city pressed on, defying the state’s firearm preemption law in their third attempt to circumvent the Pennsylvania legislature.

“On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of NRA members in Pennsylvania who are frustrated by Philadelphia’s mayor and city council, we are pleased with today’s ruling,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist. “Philadelphia’s politicians have made it clear they care nothing for the rule of law or the state's constitution. They are going to have to learn, one way or another, that state law applies to them, too.”

A hearing on the permanent injunction is scheduled for April 28th.

Click here to view the temporary restraining order. 

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