Philly City Council Introduces Two More Gun Bills
The same Philadelphia City Council members who have challenged the state's supremacy on gun laws introduced two new gun-control bills yesterday, one aimed at closing what critics say is a big loophole in the secondhand gun market.
Under legislation proposed by Council members Donna Reed Miller and Darrell L. Clarke, anyone reselling a gun would have have to run the sale through a licensed dealer, who would run a background check on the buyer.
The other bill introduced yesterday would raise the city penalty for carrying a gun illegally from $300 to $1,900 and would allow police to confiscate a car driven by someone illegally carrying a gun - regardless of ownership of the car.
Clarke and Miller introduced five measures this spring that have been challenged by the National Rifle Association and others.
The two Council members also have sued the state Assembly in a separate action, seeking authority to enforce seven 2007 gun laws without state approval. Clarke and Miller lost the first round in Commonwealth Court last month and vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court.
C. Scott Shields, the attorney representing the NRA in those cases, predicted the new bills, if they became law, would be challenged and fail because the state was the only entity authorized to regulate firearms.