Cities in One Pennsylvania County Conforming Gun Regulations to State Laws


06/09/10 – In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, some municipalities have begun revising, “local ordinances to allow—or, at least, not specifically forbid— guns on municipal property,” the Lancaster New Era reported, and a few have already changed their ordinances to allow possession.

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These municipalities have been challenged on their existing gun bans, and research by their legal advisors determined that the bans were in violation of state law. Pennsylvania’s constitution states that, “the right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.”

Furthermore, Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act gave the state the right to make gun laws and regulations, and provided cities, towns and other local governments little leeway in making their own gun laws.

“The Constitution is still the law of the land,” added David Dumeyer, chairman of West Hempfield Township supervisors.

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