For Immediate Release
HARRISBURG – Senator Richard Alloway II (R-33) introduced legislation recently that would help prevent Pennsylvania municipalities from passing overly restrictive laws relating to firearms and ammunition.
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 General Assembly.
“We can’t expect Pennsylvanians to memorize every local law relating to firearms in every municipality,” Alloway said. “If restrictions change from one jurisdiction to another, citizens are placed in danger of unknowingly breaking laws that shouldn’t even exist.”
Alloway noted that the Uniform Firearms Act already prohibits municipalities from enacting gun control measures that are more restrictive than state law. However, when law-abiding citizens are targeted by these laws, they are often forced to engage in costly court battles to clear their record.
Senate Bill 876 would allow a party that is adversely affected by restrictive local gun ordinances to seek damages from the municipality to cover court costs, legal fees and other damages.
“Current law offers a layer of protection for law-abiding gun owners from a legal standpoint, but not from a financial perspective,” Alloway said. “If a municipality passes an ordinance that directly contradicts state law, then citizens who are unfairly targeted by these local restrictions should be given some form of financial recourse.”