Jun. 08, 2021 / Press Release

HARRISBURG – Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset), chairman of the House Second Amendment Caucus, today announced passage of his bill to better combat illegal local gun ordinances and regulations that threaten Pennsylvanians’ constitutional rights.

“State law already prohibits municipalities across the Commonwealth from enacting their own gun laws, but some have chosen to break that law,” Dowling said. “My bill would hold those municipalities accountable for their unlawful and unconstitutional actions.”

House Bill 979 would deter implementation of illegal ordinances by holding offending jurisdictions financially responsible for attorney fees and costs, as well as any lost income, for a person who successfully challenges such an ordinance.

“Where no uniform state laws are in place, the result can be chaotic as restrictions change from one local jurisdiction to another,” Dowling said. “Where so many different ordinances are allowed to exist, citizens with no criminal intent are placed in danger of breaking restrictions they are unaware of just by going from one county to the next or one town to the next.”

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Matthew Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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