Peduto, Frankel want local communities to be able to enact gun laws

Peduto, Frankel want local communities to be able to enact gun laws

With gun crimes surging in Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto and State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Squirrel Hill, led a group of community leaders speaking out Thursday against state laws preventing municipalities from enacting their own gun laws. Appearing before media gathered under a tent in Schenley Park, Peduto and Frankel expressed frustration at having their hands tied by the legislature when it comes to passing gun reform ordinances they see as addressing specific community needs. “The reality here is that Pennsylvanians are dying, communities are suffering, and we can do something about it,” said Frankel. “If the state legislature can’t look at the evidence and act to protect the public when it comes to firearm regulation, it needs to get out of the way and allow local officials to keep their residents safe.” Rep. Dan Frankel discussing proposed legislation that would enable municipalities to pass their own gun ordinances currently limited by PA’s preemption law. He’s appearing with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, among others, in Schenley Park. pic.twitter.com/yEzKzzuhtk Frankel has proposed two pieces of legislation, spurred in part by the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue shootings, that would allow cities like Pittsburgh to pass their own gun reform ordinances by removing the so called preemption language from the state law. Such language prohibits Pennsylvania cities from enacting gun laws. There have been 27 homicides in the city so far this year, 26 involving firearms and 46 non-fatal shootings in the last three months alone, according to statistics provided by the […]

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