Despite DA's Warning, City Council Will Move Forward On Gun Legislation

Councilman Corey O'Connor say are on 'the right side of history'

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
January 15, 2019 - 1:10 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh City Council member Corey O’Connor is responding to a letter his office received last week from Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office warning council members about possible repercussions of the gun control legislation before them.

O’Connor tells Lynn Hayes-Freeland despite the warning city council will move forward

“I would argue we are doing the right thing. We said we were going to do this,” said O’Connor. “We’re not just talking about three bills I mean there’s five bills that we’re proposing to talk about gun violence and they’re commonsense approaches to it. We are taking the stand that we are doing what’s right for our constituents.”

O’Connor adds the city bills are “ongoing” with state legislation that he believes will be proposed in the upcoming weeks in Harrisburg.

“We also agree that Harrisburg needs to change but from a city that sees gun violence, we’re willing to take that fight and a collation across the state is going to join us and we’re going to make changes, why not be supportive and get it done with us,” said O’Connor.

Zappala told KDKA Radio he believes that any bills passed could be considered a crime but O’Connor says they are moving forward because he believes they are on the “right side of history”.

“We’re doing what’s right for not only our city but we think this is what’s right across the country and nobody’s going to stop us from doing that.”

A public hearing is scheduled January 26 at 6 p.m. to discuss the proposed gun legislation.

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