Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nutter on Supreme Court gun ruling

Mayor Nutter today tried to spin the Supreme Court ruling striking down the Washington DC gun ban as good news for Philadelphia's attempts at local gun legislation. Nutter quoted from the ruling several times. He said that while the Supreme Court upheld the right to have a weapon in the home, it made clear that the government could make restrictions on gun ownership. "What the Supreme Court decision speaks to is a right to keep a weapon in their home," Nutter said. "What we are dealing with is not lawful ownership, but illegal activity." Nutter later said "it is clear the court is sending a message. Governments have a right and responsibility to legislate in these areas and create reasonable restrictions." Earlier this year, Nutter signed five local gun control bills into law, prompting a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association, who argue that only the state has the right to dictate gun restrictions. A Common Pleas judge ruled several weeks ago that the city can enforce three of the laws. The laws upheld make it a crime to not report a lost or stolen gun within 48 hours; allow police to confiscate guns with a judge's approval from people considered a danger to themselves or others; and prohibit gun possession by people subject to protection-from-abuse orders. A one-gun-a month provision and a ban on assault weapons were blocked. The legal fight over the laws is expected to go to the state Supreme Court. Nutter said that the city has not yet started enforcing the laws, but is working on guidelines to do so. He wouldn't say if he has a start date for enforcement.

Nutter on Supreme Court gun ruling

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Gun ownership advocates celebrated the Supreme Court´s ruling today that struck down D.C.´s handgun ban. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
Gun ownership advocates celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling today that struck down D.C.'s handgun ban. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Mayor Nutter today tried to spin the Supreme Court ruling striking down the Washington DC gun ban as good news for Philadelphia's attempts at local gun legislation.

Nutter quoted from the ruling several times. He said that while the Supreme Court upheld the right to have a weapon in the home, it made clear that the government could make restrictions on gun ownership.

"What the Supreme Court decision speaks to is a right to keep a weapon in their home," Nutter said. "What we are dealing with is not lawful ownership, but illegal activity."

Nutter later said "it is clear the court is sending a message. Governments have a right and responsibility to legislate in these areas and create reasonable restrictions."

Earlier this year, Nutter signed five local gun control bills into law, prompting a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association, who argue that only the state has the right to dictate gun restrictions. A Common Pleas judge ruled several weeks ago that the city can enforce three of the laws.

The laws upheld make it a crime to not report a lost or stolen gun within 48 hours; allow police to confiscate guns with a judge's approval from people considered a danger to themselves or others; and prohibit gun possession by people subject to protection-from-abuse orders.

A one-gun-a month provision and a ban on assault weapons were blocked. The legal fight over the laws is expected to go to the state Supreme Court.

Nutter said that the city has not yet started enforcing the laws, but is working on guidelines to do so. He wouldn't say if he has a start date for enforcement.

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