Two Private Criminal Complaints Filed Against Mayor Peduto; City Council Over Gun Legislation

The city solicitor is also named

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
January 31, 2019 - 12:05 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The first private criminal complaints have been filed with the Allegheny County District Attorney's office over pending gun restrictions in Pittsburgh city council.

The first two complaints were filed Thursday morning. One is from Dr. Val Finnell of Kennedy Township, a member of Firearm Owners Against Crime he tells Lynne Hayes-Freeland on KDKA Radio,

“The city council and the mayor and the city solicitor have violated the preemption clause and also have committed an act of official oppression and criminal conspiracy and criminal intent to commit a crime.”

The complaints name Mayor Bill Peduto and seven members of council.

“The actions of the Mayor and City Council demonstrate criminal intent to abridge Constitutional rights,” Finnell said in a release. “They have absolutely no authority to enact gun control legislation. Citizens are sick and tired of politicians who think they can violate the law with impunity. They need to be held accountable.”

The complaint narrative says, “In knowing violation of Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution and 18 Pa.C.S. §§ 901, 902, 903, 913, 5301, and 6120, Mayor Peduto and the City Councilmembers have attempted, solicited, and conspired to introduce and have introduced proposals 2018-1218, 2018-1219, and 2018-1220, which are preempted by Article 1, Section 21 and 18 Pa.C.S. § 6120, for the sole purpose of denying or otherwise impeding individuals residing in or traveling through Pittsburgh the exercise or enjoyment of their rights and privileges.”

Related: Mayor Peduto's Support Of Gun Legislation Spawns Impeachment Drive

 It will be up to DA Stephen Zappala to decide if charges will be filed.

 Council has yet to vote on any bills. They are expected to vote in mid-February.

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