Pittsburgh gun bills have little chance in courts, legal experts say

Pittsburgh gun bills have little chance in courts, legal experts say

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10 minutes ago Legal experts gave Pittsburgh good marks for creativity in crafting ordinances aimed at regulating firearms in the city but said the bills have little chance of surviving the legal challenges that are sure to come. The courts might uphold some provisions in the package of bills, but the city would likely have a better chance at changing gun regulations by working through the Legislature in Harrisburg, the experts said. And even that could be tough. “I think, the odds are the whole thing will be struck down,” said Bruce Ledewitz, a Duquesne University law professor and constitutional expert. City Council on Tuesday approved ordinances that would ban the use of certain military-style rifles, ammunition and accessories and give courts authority to seize the guns of a person deemed to be a threat. A provision in one of the bills includes penalties for any adult who permits unsupervised access to guns by a child. Another provision would ban the possession of semi-automatic weapons, ammunition and accessories, but only if state lawmakers or courts permit that. Second Amendment advocates have vowed to sue the city and file private criminal complaints as soon as the bills pass. Mayor Bill Peduto is expected to sign them into law next week. City Councilman Corey O’Connor, one of the main sponsors, acknowledged that the city has lost court battles in two previous attempts to regulate firearms. He said council has never passed an ordinance banning the “use” of guns. He said a […]

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