The Latest: Pittsburgh takes up gun legislation
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on gun control legislation moving through Pittsburgh City Council in response to the synagogue attack (all times local):
Pittsburgh City Council is meeting to consider gun-control legislation introduced in the wake of the synagogue massacre.
The council began hearing public comment on the bills Wednesday morning, with a vote to take place afterward. The legislation would place restrictions on military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle that authorities say was used in the attack that killed 11 and wounded seven.
Tim Stevens is with the Black Political Empowerment Project and Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence. He’s speaking out in support of the legislation, telling the council that he’s “never understood why anyone needs an assault weapon unless they are on the field of war.”
Gun-rights supporters are promising to file suit if Council passes the legislation. They say state law prohibits municipalities from regulating guns.
The Pittsburgh City Council is planning to vote on gun-control legislation introduced in wake of the synagogue massacre, but Second Amendment advocates are promising a swift legal challenge if the bills are approved.
The legislation would place restrictions on military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle that authorities say was used in the attack that killed 11 and wounded seven. It would also ban most uses of armor-piercing ammunition and high-capacity magazines, and would allow the temporary seizure of guns from people who are determined to be a danger to themselves or others.
An initial committee vote is planned for Wednesday.
The legislation was watered down last week in an effort to make it more likely to survive a court challenge. State law prohibits municipalities from regulating the ownership or possession of guns or ammunition.