Pennsylvania has preemption with respect to gun laws, so I don’t know how anybody could have expected this to go any other way. Nutter is going to lose, but that’s not stopping him and the City Council from trying a new, innovative approach. Get this:
It’s not every day you sue a legislative body for doing nothing, let alone following the laws of the state they are representing. Preemption is a done deal and it has stood scrutiny regularly. This is yet another fruitless lawsuit. But hey, at least they can stop and frisk people, because shaking people down for being in the wrong neighborhood is always the way to go, and with 65% support (i.e. the people NOT in the wrong neighborhoods) what could possibly go wrong?
Ah, Philadelphia. If only we could give Rendell back and build a gigantic wall around the city, things would be so much better. Alas, it is not to be. I’m sure we’ll see more from Nutter (and what an apropos name that is) in the future, so stay tuned.