“The people of Pennsylvania have elected Kathleen Kane to defend the Commonwealth and executive agencies. This is now twice she has refused to do so and defend the people that put her into office,” Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni told ABC27.
With cities across the Keystone State lining up to challenge Pennsylvania’s new preemption law, State Attorney Gen. Kathleen Kane announced Friday she would not defend it.
A collection of lawmakers, allied with a state gun control group, is challenging the law — called the “strongest firearms preemption statute in the country” — signed by republican Gov. Corbett earlier this month. The measure, added as an amendment to a metal theft bill, had passed the state legislature in November by wide margins. It allows groups such as the National Rifle Association to stand in for local citizens in challenging gun city and county control ordinances stronger than the state’s own laws in court.
“The attorney general determined it would be more efficient and in the best interest of the commonwealth for the Office of General Counsel to handle this matter,” read a statement obtained by Reuters Friday.
The challenge is being brought by the cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster as well as five Democratic state legislators. Notably the three city leaders in the suit are members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which is part of former New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety organization. A state gun control group, Cease Fire PA, is likewise a supporter of the action.