October 19, 2008

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.

Comments (5)

Who started the trend for city councils and mayors to ignore the law of the State they live in? In a city in the running for lead in corruption and crime with Chicago and New York, these idiots spend their time doing this? You folks from Philly need to clean house and do some major pest control at city hall. Reintroduce your elected city officials with the U.S. Constitution and return them to private life to live under their idiot policies. The Birthplace of Freedom should not tolerate dictatorship from the mayor and city council. It's a slap in the face to all you folks from Philly and the way I hear it you guys don't take that kind of crap from anybody.

Posted by: TBILL | October 27, 2008 12:48 PM    Report this comment

American gun owners are in for the toughtest
battle ever to protect our gun rights since the assault weapon ban.We must remain alert and not go to sleep at the wheel while anti gun politicians are going to once again attempt to take our guns away from lawful firearm owners in 2009.

Posted by: dotson54 | October 25, 2008 3:43 AM    Report this comment

I guess the good citizens of Philadelphia don't object to their elected officials squandering their tax dollars on frivolous lawsuits and defending indefensible city ordinances against guns. Surely there are enough guns owners in that city to start a recall petition. It's time to clean house!

Posted by: jimonthe beach | October 24, 2008 12:49 AM    Report this comment

You don't need to ban the guns as they are just tools that do nothing untill picked up by a so call person. All you have to do is eliminate to person that miss uses them.

Posted by: DaBear | October 23, 2008 6:28 PM    Report this comment

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that all firearm transfers other to a direct family member (father to son, wife to husband, etc)go through a licensed gun dealer. Don't the City Council members know their own state laws?

Posted by: Robert R | October 23, 2008 8:31 AM    Report this comment

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