By Associated Press - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A judge is ruling that Pennsylvania’s capital city cannot enforce three gun-control ordinances.

Dauphin County Judge Andrew Dowling ruled Wednesday in a lawsuit brought against Harrisburg under a new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a better chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

The ruling is a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of city ordinances prohibiting gun possession in parks, during a declared state of emergency and by minors. He says the ordinances are illegal because they are stricter than state law.

However, Dowling declined to block the enforcement of two other ordinances, prohibiting the discharge of guns and requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen guns. Dowling says they are permissible under Pennsylvania law.

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