PA Courthouse gun ban unconstitutional


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Beren
June 4, 2004, 12:21 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04156/326819.stm

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A judge has ruled that a security ordinance allowing for metal detectors and X-ray machines to be placed in the courthouse doorway to conduct weapons searches, conflicts with state law that says "no county [may] regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms."

State law, which takes precedence over local ordinances, already regulates firearms in courthouses, saying that gun possession in a "court facility" is illegal. But those court facilities, argued William Strong, the plaintiffs' attorney, include courtrooms, the district attorney's office and judges' chambers, but not the whole building.

That means a person carrying a legally registered handgun should be allowed access to, say, the assessor's office, Strong said. And it also means that counties and towns can't pass firearms-related ordinances meant to supplement the existing state law. Jefferson County's law, in place since 2002, hasn't been enforced lately.

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SJG26
June 4, 2004, 12:57 PM
I recently posted a related item:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=83761&highlight=sjg26
Regarding a lack of facilites for checking my firearm----------hopefully this will add support in my township!!

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