Local attorneys, Harrisburg set to face off in court over gun ordinances

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Some local attorneys are getting ready to go to court Friday. In their crosshairs: Harrisburg’s firearms ordinances.

Lawyers representing the national gun owners group U.S. Law Shield filed a lawsuit against Harrisburg because the city refused to repeal its gun laws. They said the ordinances are illegal under Pennsylvania law and gun owners are at risk of being prosecuted.

“The state law is pretty clear that local governments can’t regulate the possession, ownership, transport or transfer of firearms and the local ordinances clearly do that,” said Michael Giaramita, an attorney with the McShane Firm, which represents U.S. Law Shield.

City officials disagree. Harrisburg solicitor Neil Grover issued a statement that reads in part, “These local laws are consistent with the grant of local government power made to Harrisburg by the state, and a part of the broad fabric of laws that allow us to meet our primary responsibility, protecting the health, safety and welfare of all people in Harrisburg.”

The hearing begins at 9 a.m. Friday. At that hearing, U.S. Law Shield will ask for a temporary mandate to keep the city from enforcing gun laws during the legal proceedings.

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