Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signs new gun safety legislation bill.
According to our Pittsburgh ABC affiliate, WTAE, The gun safety legislation was passed by City Council last week in a 6-3 vote. There are three ordinances and it prohibits using assault-style weapons publicly in the city limits of Pittsburgh.
The bill says “using” includes brandishing, firing or pointing the weapon at a person or thing. It does not bar owning assault-style weapons, or transporting them outside the city. However, the weapons must be unloaded and not fitted with a magazine.
It also bars using assault-style accessories with the same restrictions as the weapons.
Additionally, an ordinance grants authority to the courts to temporarily seize guns from people who pose a danger to themselves or others, such as someone in the throes of a mental health crisis.
The bills are expected to face legal challenges.
Those opposed say it is simply illegal in Pennsylvania to enact such laws at the local level.
City Council held a lengthy public hearing earlier this year that drew more than 100 speakers, most of whom were critical of the proposed legislation. However, many were not city residents.
“We’re trying to do what we think is best for residents of Pittsburgh — not outside of Pittsburgh, city residents,” Councilman Corey O’Connor said.
O’Connor said the council listened closely to critics and decided to soften the bills. He said a proposed ban on military-style assault rifles was reduced to a ban on the “use” of such weapons in public.