Firearm Owners Against Crime v. Pittsburgh

An en banc panel of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court split along party lines and held that ordinances enacted by the City of Pittsburgh encroached into firearm regulation and, therefore, are preempted by section 6120(a) of the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act. Section 6120(a) prohibits a county, municipality, and/or township from passing laws that “in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components when carried or transported for purposes not prohibited by the laws of this Commonwealth.” The city passed the ordinances, knowing they would be challenged. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will likely decide this issue.

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