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Brady Applauds Legal Action by Philadelphia, CeasefirePA, Gun Violence Victims to End Pennsylvania’s Firearm Preemption Law

Washington, D.C., October 7, 2020 – Today Brady welcomed legal action taken by the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh residents affected by gun violence, and CeaseFirePA to allow the city of Philadelphia to pass and enforce common-sense and life-saving gun violence prevention laws. Current Pennsylvania law restricts the ability of city and local governments to enact gun violence prevention regulations due to a state Firearm Preemption law that constrains the ability of local leadership to deal with violence in their jurisdictions.

Brady State Policy Senior Manager Kelsey Rogers shared:

“Today’s lawsuit from the City of Philadelphia, CeasefirePA and survivors and victims of gun violence is long overdue and desperately needed to help quell the gun violence epidemic in the Commonwealth. Gun violence in Philadelphia has spiked this year with shootings increasing 57 percent over 2019 levels. Philadelphia has every right and indeed has the responsibility to protect its citizens. The state legislature has repeatedly prevented the city of Philadelphia from carrying out that responsibility. Brady is grateful that the city, affected residents and CeasefirePA are working to remedy this roadblock."

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Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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