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Mark K. Keller

State legislators again put local gun laws in crosshairs

Pennsylvania lawmakers moved closer Tuesday to re-enacting legislation that would let the National Rifle Association and similar groups challenge local gun regulations that are more restrictive than state law.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 21-6 for a bill that is nearly identical to a version thrown out by Commonwealth Court last year, a decision upheld by the state Supreme Court in June.

The proposal gives standing to state residents who are gun owners — as well as organizations they are members of — to file challenges to local gun ordinances, and if successful to be reimbursed for reasonable expenses.

The previous law was invalidated because it was...

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