City Council Member Receives Death Threat Over Proposed Gun Legislation

Corey O'Conner says he has received at least one threat on his life

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
January 31, 2019 - 2:06 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - One of the sponsors of gun control bills in council says he has received a death threat and other hate messages.

Councilman Corey O'Connor tells KDKA Radio's Lynne Hayes-Freeland he has received at least one threat to his life.

“We’re public figures, we know sometimes this happens and especially when we’re touching on a heated subject like this people tend to push the envelope a little bit,” said O’Connor. “We understand it’s a heated conversation, I get that but you know there’s got to be better dialog than something like (a death threat).”

Related: Two Private Criminal Complaints Filed Against Mayor Peduto; City Council Over Gun Legislation

Mayor Bill Peduto who supports the bills reportedly receives death threats on a continual basis.

 The bills other co-sponsor, Erika Strassburger, has received nasty email but no death threats.

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