Lower Merion Will Fight Firearms Ordinance Ruling

Jan 4, 2017


In this file image, attendees look on during the annual Second Amendment Action Day rally on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Gun rights activists brought their message to the state Capitol, urging lawmakers to protect their right to keep and own firearms and to widen legal protections.
Credit Marc Levy / AP Photo

Most challenges to gun-control ordinances in recent years in Pennsylvania have been dismissed outright — generally, because the plaintiffs lacked standing after the courts overturned a state law known as Act 192.

Lower Merion Township’s effort to ban the use of guns in its parks is different, however, because one plaintiff in the suit challenging that ordinance resides in the township.

While Montgomery County Court ultimately upheld Lower Merion's ordinance, an appeals court issued a 2-1 decision a couple weeks ago against the township.

Township officials now say they'll appeal the most recent ruling. They couldn't provide details on how much it has cost to defend the ordinance.

Plaintiffs' expenses are $50,000 thus far. They'd have to win a federal lawsuit to get reimbursed, which their attorney Josh Prince said they will pursue at some point.

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