No sooner do I make a post about Lynne Abraham, Esq.’s view on Philadelphia’s newly enacted gun laws do I learn that the Hon. Jane Cutler Greenspan issued a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) to block enforcement in National Rifle Association, et al. v. City of Philadelphia, et al. For the story, according to philly.com, click here. (AP, Judge blocks Philadelphia from enforcing new gun laws, available at http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/pennsylvania/20080417_ap_judgeblocksphiladelphiafromenforcingnewgunlaws.html)
A TRO is issued pending a permanent injunction hearing to maintain the status quo. However, a TRO can only be issued where there is a showing that there is likelihood of success on the merits of a case, which means that the judge in this case is already leaning towards striking down the city’s new gun-control laws.