The 99.5 Percent Act has been proposed in the Senate, which could result in the most extensive changes to the federal estate and gift tax in decades.
Section 6120 of Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act prohibits counties and municipalities from ‘regulating’ firearms. On the basis of this restriction, special interest groups have begun an assault on gun-bans in local parks and town- halls, arguing that rules prohibiting guns in children’s playgrounds and in government buildings constitute impermissible ‘regulation.’ Because of the statutory provision that awards successful citizen-litigants their attorneys’ fees, cash- strapped municipal governments have been reluctant to defend their policies and, as a result, there is little case law defining the ambit of permissible municipal rule-making. This Article argues that, on the basis of nearly identical provisions in Pennsylvania’s Game Law (which prohibits municipal ‘regulation’ of hunting,) a municipal government does not impermissibly ‘regulate’ unless its rules apply equally throughout the municipal jurisdiction. Instead, this Article suggests that municipalities have the same rights as private landowners to promulgate rules for invitees on government-owned property.