Pittsburgh Leaders Advocating For Gun Control

Discussions underway about "weapons that cause mass carnage”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto exits the memorial ceremony for brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The mayor of Pittsburgh and a City Council member are advocating for a gun control measure after 11 people were killed by a gunman last month at Tree of Life Synagogue.

Council member Cory O'Connor tells the KDKA Radio Morning News: "I think if you look across the country, there's a movement to have common sense laws here. There's no reason why an individual shoud have an AR-15 and things like that."

Robert Bowers carried out the mass shooting with an AR-15 and three handguns.

At Friday's Rally for Peace, honoring the people killed in the synagogue shooting, Mayor Bill Peduto said: "Let us gather today to make sure as we move forward, we move forward as one America working on common sense reform that will end this tyep of voilence."

But there's a legal barrier to local gun control laws. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prevents municipal governments from restricting the rights of firearms owners within their jurisdiction.

O'Connor says the time has come to "fight" the state on that. Mayor Peduto agrees, telling the Post-Gazette a measure under discussion “would challenge the state" in what the city can do regarding about "weapons that cause mass carnage.”

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