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Nutter Blasts Pa. Lawmakers For Roadblocking City Gun Control Efforts


By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and other local elected officials from around Pennsylvania went to Harrisburg today to voice their opposition to state legislation that would undermine efforts by local governments to enact their own gun control laws.

Mayor Nutter says the proposed legislation would make it easier to sue cities like Philadelphia for enacting laws such as one that requires reporting of lost and stolen guns.  He says the legislation, which would also require local governments to pay plaintiffs who win, could bankrupt cities.

“A complete waste of taxpayer dollars and municipal efforts, having to defend ourselves when we’re trying to defend the public,” he said today.

But state representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County), sponsor of the House version of the legislation, says it just puts teeth into the state’s already existing primacy over local laws.

“It’s already illegal for local municipal officials to pass their own gun control measures,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

A spokesman for leaders of the Republican-controlled House say there’s no timetable for the House bill to get a vote.

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  • denim

    Government take away of all guns,would make that much easier for the government to control the people..


    Wow what about protecting our selves??? the criminals have there guns, and from the looks of it we need protection from the COPS!!!

  • Chaz

    I wonder how much New jersey would pay us to buy Philly? We could use that money to build a wall so they stay out of the rest of Pennsylvania… Nice liberal state, plenty of gun laws, they would love it!

  • Moe

    Nutter is nutty. How about controlling criminals instead of putting more laws on the only people that obey them – legal and law-abiding firearm owners.

  • Raul

    awesome post. thanks for sharing

  • itz

    Time for Philly to tell the Pa legislature to take a hike, declare themselves an independent entity from Pennsylvania and do what the city has to do to survive.

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