City Councilwoman Wants More Infor Before Voting On Gun Control Bills

Darlene Harris doesn't believe council can pass legislation under current state law

Robert Mangino
January 10, 2019 - 11:10 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris wants more information before voting on a package of gun control bills before them.

At Wednesday’s meeting, she called for a special fact-finding meeting separate from the public hearing scheduled for January 24.

She tells KDKA Radio she wants to hear from neutral people.

“I want to make sure that the people that come are people that can educate us, not people that are going to yell and scream.”

Harris adds she doesn't believe council can pass the legislation under current state law.

“The only ones that can make law on guns or ammunition would be the general assembly and city council is not the general assembly.”

Harris says she is concerned with state law that prevents stronger municipal gun laws. Sponsors of the bills say they are working with other cities on similar legislation to send a message to state government.

Related: Councilman: 'We're Not Taking Away Your Guns'

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