Mayor Peduto Signs Gun Legislation Bills Into Law

State Rep. Metcalfe tweets about impeaching Peduto

Shelby Cassesse
April 09, 2019 - 12:33 pm
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Related: Suit Filed Over Gun Controls Inspired By Synagogue Shooting

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Mayor Bill Peduto signed four bills into law in the City of Pittsburgh Tuesday.

Three of those bills are the controversial gun legislation that limit the use of military-style firearms, ammunition and accessories and allow for temporary seizure of guns from at-risk individuals. The third is considered a "red flag" law, which Pittsburgh is the first city to enact. 

True to their word, opponents took legal action immediately after the signing Tuesday, saying the legislation goes against state law which forbids municipalities from regulating guns. Chief Counsel Joshua Prince filed the suits on behalf of the Allegheny County Sportsmen’s League (ACSL), Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) and several individual plaintiffs. The details of the lawsuit are on Mr. Prince's blog. 

The lawsuits will likely not stop there. Several others are expected to file private criminal complaints Friday with District Attorney Stephen Zappala's office, including Mary Konieczny of Pittsburgh. 

"The saddest part, to me, remains that this is a reaction to a tragedy," she said in reference to the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Squirrel Hill that left 11 people dead in October. "It's politicizing a tragedy. We found out through the Freedom of Information Act that every town, two days after the Tree of Life tragedy, was in contact with Peduto. The reason why that this has not gone further at a local level, or a state level or at a federal level is because citizens do not want this." 

Mayor Peduto said he and members of Pittsburgh City Council hired legal counsel ahead of the lawsuit, and they are prepared to challenge the state law.

"We will challenge the law itself that would prohibit an elected official from ever challenging a law," he said Wednesday following the signing of the bills. "I would say, on the basis of it, it is not only unconstitutional, but it's unAmerican."

Tensions made their way to Twitter Tuesday night when State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe tweeted about drafting a resolution to impeach Peduto. 

Peduto soon responded, alledging some of Metcalfe's recent initiatives that were found unconstitutional. 

 

 

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