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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says he'll ignore state law in order to enforce new citywide gun-control laws, including a one-gun-a-month limit for Philly residents.

It wasn't too long ago that the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, tried something similar, telling the media that the city would enforce local gun-control ordinances even after Ohio passed a statewide firearm pre-emption law. But the local police officers union told its members to follow state law, not the decrees of the mayor.

Pennsylvania has had firearms pre-emption for years. And the state Supreme Court has ruled that when it comes to passing gun laws, power lies with the state legislature, not city councils.

A mayor dictating local fiat that breaks state law sounds a lot like tyranny to me. King Nutter and his Court of Jesters might think twice about setting up their own kingdom, and I hope the officers of Philadelphia will follow the example of their fellow officers in Cleveland.

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He is no better than any other citizen in Pa. If he orders someone to break the State Law then he should be charged, arrested and tried in a Court of Law just like any other Pa. citizen would be.
 
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