Legislation that would allow Pennsylvania residents and organizations to legally challenge a local government's gun laws is headed to the state House of Representatives.
House Bill 2011, approved this week by the House Judiciary Committee, would also allow reimbursement for the cost of the civil action.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Franklin), says local governments have been passing ordinances to regulate firearms in defiance of the state's Crimes Code, resulting in confusion for gun owners who don't know they are breaking the law.
"The end result is that citizens can be forced to incur significant expenses to hire attorneys to challenge these illegal and unconstitutional ordinances," Keller said in a news release. "My bill would correct the problem."
Keller said his measure would amend the Crimes Code by providing remedies for the unlawful regulation of firearms and ammunition.
He said his proposal would establish that a person adversely affected by a municipal gun ordinance may seek injunctive and declarative relief, as well as damages, which are defined as "reasonable expenses," including attorney fees, expert witness fees, court costs and loss of income.