Pittsburgh mayor signs gun bills, setting up legal duel with NRA

Pittsburgh mayor signs gun bills, setting up legal duel with NRA

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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signing controversial gun-control legislation Tuesday afternoon. (Ariel Worthy/WESA) After months of debate , hearings and protest , Pittsburgh’s controversial gun legislation is officially on the books. Mayor Bill Peduto signed three gun-control bills which, if allowed to go into effect, would ban the use of some kinds of weaponry within city limits. But the city may well have to win a legal standoff with gun-rights advocates before that can happen. "The four bills are now law," Peduto said at a signing ceremony held in his conference room in the City-County Building. (Editor’s note: The fourth bill relates to extreme risk protection orders .) Supporters of the measure applauded the announcement. Among them were members of City Council majority that backed the legislation: Ricky Burgess, Deb Gross, Bruce Kraus, Daniel Lavelle, Corey O’Connor, and Erika Strassbuger. Three council members voted no, arguing the city doesn’t have the legal authority to pass such measures: Anthony Coghill, Theresa Kail-Smith, and Darlene Harris. Peduto acknowledged a court fight was in store. "If we didn’t challenge laws, women wouldn’t be able to vote," he said after the signing. The legislative package was introduced in December , while the city was still mourning the deaths of congregants at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. Taken together, the bills originally proposed a total ban on assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and other accessories within city limits. Another bill spelled out procedures for removing guns from those identified by a judge as […]

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