State Rep. Frank Burns has announced his support of a Republican-sponsored bill to deter local government attempts to regulate firearms. 

Burns, who serves as the Democratic chairman of the legislature’s Second Amendment Caucus, said he sees the recent moves taken by some cities and municipalities as backdoor attempts at gun control that infringe on the rights of Pennsylvanians.

State Rep. Mark Keller, R-Perry/Cumberland, has introduced a bill that would require any party that successfully challenges the legality of an ordinance to collect reasonable attorney fees and related costs. 

Burns said the bill also includes a requirement to give the municipality 60 days’ written notice to voluntarily repeal the ordinance prior to a legal challenge being filed. 

Keller’s bill is currently under consideration in the state House Judiciary Committee.