Philadelphia gun laws struck down by state appeals court

by The Associated Press

Thursday June 18, 2009, 2:30 PM

PHILADELPHIA — A state appeals court has struck down a series of gun laws passed by the Philadelphia City Council.

In a 6-1 decision, the Commonwealth Court says the city cannot enforce an assault weapons ban and a law that prohibits straw purchases. The court says only the state can pass gun laws.

The National Rifle Association had challenged the measures, which City Council passed in an effort to combat gun violence. Both sides say they expect the case to end up in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The state’s highest court has previously upheld the state’s exclusive right to enact gun laws.

It’s about time our cities and municipalities stop wasting taxpayer money defending stupid, and more importantly, illegal gun laws. Maybe the York City Council will see this and Toni Smith will end her crusade for York’s version of the stolen gun law.

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