The Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenneysigned Tuesday one executive order that prohibits firearms and other deadly weapons in the city’s recreation spaces that include indoor and outdoorsuch as parks, basketball courts and swimming pools.
The order is the latest attempt by the local authorities to regulate weapons within city limitssomething that has been hampered by the laws in Pennsylvania what prohibit municipalities from enacting implement it stricter regulations for gun control.
City attorneys said the executive order should be seen as a municipality managing its facilities as owner of the property, which differentiates it from legislation previously approved by the municipal council and annulled by the courts.
The promulgation of the law also occurs a day after Kenney spoke at Tiffany Fletcher’s funeral, 41, a mother of three, who was killed this month in crossfire outside the rec center where she worked. A 14-year-old who was shooting at other teenagers was charged in Fletcher’s death.
“I saw yesterday park and recreation center workers standing in line on Lehigh Avenue like the cops do when paying homage to one of their own, I saw what I usually see when a policeman or firefighter dies in the line of duty. They were all there, lined up, like they were on the front line and they are,” Kenney said.
“If the new law gives them some protection, some peace of mind, some ability to call the authorities when some bonehead decides he wants to bring a gun to a rec center, they see it. That’s part of what this law is about.”
The executive order says park workers can call police if they believe someone trying to enter one of the sites is carrying a firearm. Police can then order that person to leave and file trespassing charges if they refuse.
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