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Philly Is Suing Three Local Gun Stores for Allegedly Selling Firearms to ‘Straw Purchasers’

7.25.2023

The lawsuit is the latest attempt by the city to gain some leverage over the issue of gun control through the courts, because Pennsylvania doesn’t allow cities to pass their own gun control measures.

Philadelphia, PA (Philadelphia Inquirer) – Philadelphia is suing three local gun shops that city officials allege have knowingly sold firearms to “straw purchasers” who buy guns on behalf of people who are legally prohibited from doing so, such as juveniles or people with criminal records.

“These gun shop owners turn a blind eye to the consequences of their actions,” Mayor Jim Kenney said at a City Hall news conference Tuesday. “They know exactly what they’re doing. … They are profiting off the mayhem that they help create.”

More information regarding the specifics of this case can be found here.