With democrats taking control of Congress, anti-gun groups and politicians from around the country are pushing firearm bans at both the federal and local level.
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the government is attempting to ban all semi-automatic firearms, ammunition, and large-capacity magazines.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was joined by Governor Tom Wolf, members of City Council and state Democratic lawmakers Friday in proposing legislation that would ban semi-automatic firearms, ammunition, firearms accessories, and large-capacity magazines in the city of Pittsburgh.
“We intend to work not only in this councilchamber but across the state of Pennsylvania in council chambers, in every townand village across this state, to get the support that is needed to change thelaws in Harrisburg, but we won’t stop there,” Peduto said. “We’ll work in cityhalls across the United States, one by one, going to the places where they havenot only been the victims of mass homicide, but have been the victims ofhomicides on a continual basis.”
Three Anti-Gun bills will be introduced in Pittsburgh:
- A ban on semi-automatic firearms within Pittsburgh. (Read the legislation)
- A ban on accessories, ammunition, and weapon modifications. (Read the legislation)
- Adoption of “extreme risk protection orders” that would let courts temporarily prohibit someone from having guns if law enforcement or immediate family show the person poses a “significant danger.” (Read the legislation)
“The ordinances that thecity of Pittsburgh is contemplating are illegal, and the city should know thisbecause we beat them in 1994 and we’re going to beat them again,” said KimStolfer, president of Firearms Owners Against Crime. “The fact is, what thecity’s doing is illegal and there’s very little difference between them and thekiller at the synagogue except for a matter of degree. They’re both criminals.”
“The draft ordinances –if enacted as written — would infringe fundamental rights, violate state law,and cost taxpayers dearly because the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has alreadytwice invalidated similar ordinances,” said Amy Hunter, a spokeswoman forthe NRA Institute for Legislative Action, in an email to Pittsburgh’s ActionNews 4. “To add insult to injury, these bad policies would do nothing toreduce firearm-related crime. These proposals are nothing more thangrandstanding from anti-gun politicians who aren’t concerned about trampling ontheir citizens’ rights.”
The bills’ cosponsors, Councilman Corey O’Connor of Swisshelm Park and Councilwoman Erika Strassburger of Squirrel Hill, plan to introduce the legislation during a council meeting on Tuesday and say they hope to pass the gun legislation by Feb. 14, the anniversary of the Parkland shootings.