- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania’s capital city has started a legal defense fund to help fight lawsuits filed by gun rights groups looking to dismantle local firearms ordinances.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse announced the Protect Harrisburg Legal Defense Fund on Wednesday. He tells PennLive (https://bit.ly/1EsisUJ ) the city could be forced to pay up to $250,000 per lawsuit before insurance kicks in.

Harrisburg is currently the defendant in two lawsuits filed under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a better chance at throwing out municipal firearms ordinances.

Members of the Pennsylvania chapter of US Law Shield and the organization Firearm Owners Against Crime have sued the city over local ordinances banning possession of firearms in parks and requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to police.

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Information from: Pennlive.com, https://www.pennlive.com

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