Gun Control Bills To Be Introduced To Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday

Local and state officials outlined the three bills Friday

Shelby Cassesse
December 14, 2018 - 10:46 am


PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — New gun legislation will be introduced to Pittsburgh City Council next week.

State and local leaders outlined the legislation in Pittsburgh Friday.

The three bills would ban assault weapons and certain gun accessories and ammunition within city limits, and allow a judge to prohibit a person deemed dangerous from having firearms temporarily.

The third bill would establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders, which would also allow family or household members to petition for a loved one to have their guns temporarily removed if they pose a danger to themselves or others. 

Under the bill, assault weapons are considered to be "a selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user or a firearm that has the ability to accept a large capacity magazine." 

The bill also lists several semiautomatic firearms that would be prohibited such as an Armalite AR-180,  Australian Automatic Arms SAP Pistol and Steyr AUG.

Mayor Bill Peduto and some city council members advocated for gun control following the mass shooting at a the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill in October that left 11 dead and 6 wounded.

"It's not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever, in any manner whatsoever, for whatever purpose," Peduto said at a Friday press conference. "Especially, when the facts are, that they are killing thousands." 

Currently, Pennsylvania state law does not allow municipalities to pass gun laws stricter than those at the state level.

Governor Tom Wolf said he wants to see a similar fight continue at the state and federal level.

"If we continue to allow so many citizens to live in fear of mass shootings when we can act right now to reduce that risk, we're robbing citizens of their rights to life, to liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

There will be opportunities for public comment. Pittsburgh City Council will most likely vote on the bills around February 14, the anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. 

Stay with KDKA Radio for details on this developing story.

Jennifer Bloodworth contributed to this article.  

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