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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Victory For Transparency In The Keystone State

The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has ruled that the city of Lancaster cannot continue withholding the list of donors to a fund set up to defend the city’s gun-control ordinances in court. The fund was established after NRA filed a lawsuit concerning several restrictive municipal firearm ordinances, including a requirement that gun owners alert authorities within 72 hours if they realize their gun has been lost or stolen. 

Lawyer and gun-rights blogger Joshua Prince, of Bechtelsville, originally requested this information under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law. The city initially refused, citing an exemption—but the Office of Open Records ruled Friday that “[a]s the donor lists were created by the city, they are presumptively subject to public access.”

This is good news for residents who value transparency from their local government, and for area gun owners who can now ensure the businesses they patronize reflect their values.