Suit filed over gun controls inspired by synagogue shooting

Suit filed over gun controls inspired by synagogue shooting

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gun rights groups sued Tuesday to block Pittsburgh from enforcing firearms legislation passed after a synagogue massacre, accusing city officials of blatantly defying the state’s prohibition on municipal gun regulation. Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto signed the bills into law in a ceremony at the City-County Building, declaring the community had come together "to say enough is enough." "There was a lot of opposition. But more people within this city quietly showed their support," Peduto said. "We are going to take some action, we are going to do something positive and, yes, it is going to be everlasting. Change only happens when you challenge the status quo." Minutes later, a coalition of gun rights groups sued to get the newly minted laws overturned, calling them "patently unenforceable, unconstitutional, illegal." Separately, the Allegheny County Sportsmen’s League asked a judge to hold the city, Peduto and six council members who voted for the legislation in contempt of court, contending they violated a 1995 legal settlement in which city officials dropped an earlier effort to ban assault weapons and agreed to "abide by and adhere to Pennsylvania law." "It is unfortunate that … taxpayers will be burdened by the city’s elected officials believing it is acceptable — and even gloating — that they are violating the Pennsylvania Constitution and Crimes Code," Joshua Prince, an attorney who filed both actions, wrote in a statement. The new legislation restricts military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle authorities say was used in the […]

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