Councilman O'Connor Reacts To Gun Bill Being Struck Down

He says the battle could take years

Joe DeStio
October 30, 2019 - 2:42 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The co-author of gun control legislation in the City of Pittsburgh isn’t deterred after a judge struck down those laws.

Councilman Corey O’Conner says the fight for “common sense” gun control in the city could take years.

“We know this is going to be an uphill fight and we’re prepared for it and this is just round one of probably a number of rounds and as the mayor has said he’s going to push for an appeal,” said O’Connor.

The three laws struck down by County Judge Joseph James ban the use of assault weapons and large capacity magazines in public places and would’ve allowed courts to take away weapons from people exhibiting extreme risk.

Judge James says that state laws bars local gun laws.

As to the lack of reform out of Harrisburg, O’Connor says, “If you’re at the state or federal level and you’re scared to take a step because you’re worried about an election, well you’re not doing your job.”

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