Sides prep for gun bill fight in city council

Sides prep for gun bill fight in city council

Gun Rights

Four gun rights advocates sat in the front row of council chambers and video recorded on their phones Tuesday as Pittsburgh City Council formally introduced three gun-control measures that could result in legal action against the city. The bills, jointly sponsored by seven council members and the mayor’s office, aim to ban assault-style weapons, prohibit some types of ammunition and allow police to seize weapons from people who pose an “extreme risk” to themselves and others. City officials became the target of online criticism this week from gun rights advocates but say they’re open to conversations on the measures. “I’m happy to have a conversation with anyone, face-to-face or over the phone, whether they’re my constituent or not,” said Councilwoman Erika Strassburger, whose district encompasses the Tree of Life synagogue, where a gunman killed 11 people on Oct. 27. Ms. Strassburger is one of the sponsors of the legislation. The rhetoric, though, has already become heated. Kim Stolfer, a prominent local gun rights activist, and president of the group Firearm Owners Against Crime, was among the advocates focusing his cell phone camera on council Tuesday. Earlier this week Mr. Stolfer told WTAE-TV that “what the city’s doing is illegal and there’s very little difference between them and the killer at the synagogue except for a matter of degree." Mayor Bill Peduto and Chief of Staff Dan Gilman fired back at Mr. Stolfer’s comments. "Hard to find words for how horrible this is,” Mr. Gilman wrote on Twitter, in response […]

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