Pittsburgh gun laws up for final vote; lawsuits expected
Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) chairman Tim Stevens, right, addresses a Pittsburgh City Council meeting in support of tentative gun-control legislation before the council voted 6-3 to pass to pass it, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
(Pittsburgh) — The Pittsburgh City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on a package of gun laws introduced after last year’s synagogue massacre.
The legislation would place restrictions on military-style rifles like the AR-15 rifle that authorities say was used in the Oct. 27 rampage at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill that killed 11 and wounded seven.
It would also ban most uses of armor-piercing ammunition and high-capacity magazines, and allow the temporary seizure of guns from people who are determined to be a danger to themselves or others.
The council gave tentative approve last week. A final vote is scheduled for Tuesday.
Pennsylvania state law forbids municipalities from regulating guns, and pro-gun advocates say they’ll sue to block the laws from taking effect.