Gun Rights Advocates Angry Over Decision To Move Location Of Gun Legislation Hearing

City council is moving the hearing from council chambers to the building lobby

Joe DeStio
January 24, 2019 - 1:20 pm

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Gun rights advocates are considering legal action over a change in location for Thursday evening's city council public hearing on gun restrictions in Pittsburgh.

Firearm Owners Against Crime President Kim Stolfer says moving the hearing from council chambers to the building lobby is a form of intimidation.

“City council and the mayor (Bill Peduto) are trying to intimidate gun owners to stop them from speaking,” said Stolfer. “They’re doing it by shutting down the normal hearing room, which is council chambers, moving it down to the lobby, they’re going to be denying people seating.

Stolfer adds they are also upset the hearing won't be carried live on city cable.

Councilman Corey O’Connor says there is no censorship.

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“The Public Safety Director was the one that encouraged us to move to this location just based on people possibly bringing guns that need to check in.”

 City officials say the hearing was moved because of the number of people expected to attend but a lawyer for the gun rights group says the lobby's capacity is 200 people, the same as council chambers.

Stolfer's group has reached out to attorneys including the ACLU.

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