Paul Muschick: Q&A with Pittsburgh mayor about city’s new gun control legislation

Paul Muschick: Q&A with Pittsburgh mayor about city’s new gun control legislation

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto speaks to the media near the Tree of Life synagogue after the October shooting that killed 11 worshipers there. (DUSTIN FRANZ / AFP/Getty Images) One prohibits the public use of firearms that the city defines as assault weapons, including AR-15s, one of the weapons used by the synagogue shooter. One creates extreme risk protection orders, a process for law enforcement officers and relatives to ask a court to force people they believe are dangerous to temporarily give up their firearms. Pittsburgh officials initially proposed banning assault weapons. They backed off that plan because it conflicted with a state law that prohibits municipalities from regulating gun ownership. City officials believe they have the legal authority to restrict gun use in public places. The action taken there could have statewide implications. A legal challenge by gun rights advocates is expected. The outcome of that case could determine whether other municipalities can take steps to address gun violence, too, or whether municipalities are helpless and must rely on state and federal lawmakers to do something. A: Military-style assault rifles and accessories such as bump stocks and armor-piercing bullets do only one thing, and that is kill people. They’re not used for hunting animals, not used for target practice, but for people, and in great numbers at that. They’re not needed for personal protection or sport, and they have no place in a dense urban environment. The third bill on extreme risk protection orders would additionally make the city […]

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