Pittsburgh's proposed gun legislation now lists research on issue; amendments, first vote could come next week

Pittsburgh’s proposed gun legislation now lists research on issue; amendments, first vote could come next week

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh City Council has added an estimated 2,200 pages of research — including academic studies about the impacts of assault weapon bans and gun violence and federal testimony from past court cases — to its official file on proposed gun legislation. Wednesday’s actions set the stage for a potential committee vote in one week on amendments to the bills themselves. "In the past five years alone, multiple studies — conducted by leading researchers at esteemed institutions and published in the top medical and public health journals — demonstrate that firearms legislation can save lives, said Dr. Alison Culyba, a pediatrician and violence prevention researcher at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh during the time for public comment at the meeting. "Firearms have taken the lives of far too many of my patients. I have borne witness to the pain of families as they learn of the deaths of their sons and daughters," Culyba said. Two of the nine council members abstained from putting this research in the council’s record. "The question is not whether gun violence is horrible. The question is, do we have the authority?" said Council member Theresa Kail-Smith, who was one of the abstentions. "Although it’s very nuanced, it is very legal. I think there is a way to pass legislation that is allowed," said Council member Erika Strassburger, a co-sponsor of the gun legislation. "No gun bill should be at this table because these are state laws," said Darlene Harris, who was the […]

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