Gun Advocates Argue Against Proposed City Firearm Regulations

Gun Advocates Argue Against Proposed City Firearm Regulations

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John Lott (on right) testifies on Pittsburgh’s proposed gun-control regulations Critics of Pittsburgh’s proposed gun-control regulations were vocal during a post-agenda hearing convened by City Councilor Darlene Harris Tuesday afternoon. Leadoff panelist John Lott, a controversial partisan in the debate over gun-violence , said that gun-free zones and similar rules could invite attacks. * This is a developing story and will be updated with more information when the hearing is over. Follow reporter Ariel Worthy on Twitter for live updates . "One of the things you see frequently mentioned is the choice of target," he said. Gun laws seeking to limit firearms were often ineffective, he added, because "drug gangs from the rest of the world bring in weapons" to the United States. Given that, "We have to be careful not to disarm law-abiding citizens." A second panelist, psychologist Charles Gallo, said that in the wake of a horrific act of gun violence like last fall’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, "The anger attempts to find a place to go … It doesn’t go to the perpetrator; it goes to an object." The panel’s make-up, which Harris’ office said was still being finalized as of Tuesday morning, tilted heavily toward foes of gun regulation. Gallo, for one, is a board member of Firearm Owners Against Crime , the region’s highest-profile gun-rights advocacy group. (The meeting agenda identified him only as a clincial psychologist.) Another panelist invited to speak, Kim Stolfer, is the group’s president, while a third […]

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