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Pa. bill would curb local gun laws

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a bill to prevent local municipalities from passing overly restrictive gun and ammunition laws.

Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Adams/Franklin/York) said his legislation, Senate Bill 876, would strengthen the Uniform Firearm Act to hold municipalities accountable for enacting ordinances that are more restrictive than laws passed by the state legislature.

Alloway said Tuesday that Pennsylvanians can't be expected to memorize every local gun law in every municipality. He said restrictions from one jurisdiction to another place citizens in danger of unknowingly breaking laws that shouldn't even exist.

Alloway said Pennsylvania law already prohibits local municipalities from enacting gun control measures more restrictive than state law, but he added that those targeted by such laws must often engage in costly court battles to clear their record.

His measure would allow those adversely affected by restrictive local gun ordinances to seek damages from the municipality to cover court costs, legal fees and other damages.

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