Pittsburgh City Council Passes Gun Legislation Setting Up Legal Battles

Council passed the measure 6-3

April 02, 2019 - 11:38 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh City Council passed its controversial gun legislation package Tuesday morning by a 6-3 vote.

The legislation, inspired by last October's shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, will place restrictions on assault style weapons in the City of Pittsburgh, ban certain accessories, ammunition and modifications and will temporarily take guns from those who are believed to be a danger.

The passed legislation is expected to be challenged in court. PA state law does not allow municipalities to regulate guns.

Five people spoke during the public comment portion with three of them speaking against the gun package.  One man who was wearing a “support the 2nd amendment” t-shirt, said the legislation makes him want to move and it’s just a way to control people.

A woman, who said she is a legal gun owner, said the legislation is “a misguided reaction to do something.”

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After the vote those both for and against reacted with those supporting the legislation standing up and clapping and detractors of the bill booing and putting their thumbs down.

Councilman Corey O’Connor told KDKA Radio’s Larry and John the recent amendments added to the bill should help it stand up to legal challenge better.

“If a minor gets ahold of their guardian’s gun, holding that guardian accountable other than emergencies in the house if somebody breaks in, there’s exemptions for that,” said O’Connor.

Anyone who would violate the law would not face criminal charges; they would appear before a magistrate and could face a fine.

“We’re not locking people up or going door to door,” said O’Connor. “Also when it came to the ban a lot of people were already grandfathered in so again we weren’t going door to door and take your gun, this is more a different approach that I think gives us a stay when we go to the Supreme Court in Pennsylvania, if we get to that point that we might have a better chance of winning.”

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