Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is declining to defend a lawsuit brought against an NRA-backed law that gives them the ability to sue municipalities over local gun laws.
According to the Associated Press, the legal office of Gov. Tom Corbett — a Republican who is against new forms of gun control — will instead defend the law from the challenge brought by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster. Corbett signed the law last month.
“We can find no legitimate reason for the attorney general to decline to defend the commonwealth in this case,” Corbett’s spokesman Jay Pagni said.
As the AP reports, the law goes into effect in the coming weeks, but Corbett leaves office on Jan. 20 after losing last month’s election to Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, who has voiced opposition to the law. A spokesman for Wolf said he will review all litigation when he assumes office.
“The attorney general determined it would be more efficient and in the best interest of the commonwealth for the Office of General Counsel to handle this matter,” Kane’s press secretary, Renee Martin, said in a statement.
Under the new law, Pennsylvania gun owners wouldn’t have to prove they had been harmed by the law to challenge it successfully, the AP noted. Organizations like the NRA could also sue on behalf of any Pennsylvania member. In addition, the challenger could also seek damages.
The NRA says dozens of local ordinances are unchallenged in court by residents who can prove they were harmed by a law.
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