The National Rifle Association (NRA) has received unanimous GOP backing in a lawsuit to dismantle a recent executive order from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf that the gun rights group calls “unlawful”. The lawsuit claims that the order, which placed limits on the purchase of firearms and ammunition and tightened gun restrictions in the state, infringes on the Second Amendment and infringes on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
GOP leaders argue that the executive order should be thrown out due to it exceeding the governor’s authority, and they have asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review the case. Wolf has defended the order, saying it’s necessary to curb the rise in gun violence in the state and that it is rooted in public health measures needed to protect Pennsylvanians during the pandemic.
The NRA’s lawsuit is part of an ongoing confrontation between the gun rights organization and Wolf, who has taken a number of other steps to restrict gun access in the state. The case has been widely watched as an example of the increasing tension between the Republican party and gun control advocates in the US.