Pittsburgh Intends to Violate State Law With Gun Control Ordinances

...even though the County District Attorney keeps telling them that it's completely illegal

Published Saturday, January 19, 2019
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

Ignoring state law, Mayor Peduto of Pittsburgh and the City Council proposed several ordinances to ban certain firearms, ammunition, and accessories at the City Council meeting on December 18, 2018. Unfortunately for the Mayor, the ordinances they proposed are all clear violations of the Pennsylvania state preemption law, Pennsylvania Supreme Court case law, and several criminal statutes. Even before their vote, Allegheny County district attorney Stephen Zappala wrote a letter to the City Council explaining specifically why the proposed ordinances would be illegal.

Details of the legislation are not yet available, but reports are that it would ban firearms like the AR-15, bump stocks, and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, as well as "armor-piercing" bullets within city limits. It is already federally illegal to sell armor-piercing rounds, so it's likely the bill might include a ban on green tip ammo, which many people think is armor-piercing but isn't.

Along with this bill is a Red Flag Law allowing law enforcement to seize guns from individuals under certain circumstances without due process.

Several gun rights groups have already declared their intention to fight any such proposed legislation in court because it violates a state preemption law forbidding municipalities in Pennsylvania from passing their own gun control laws, and several people have pointed out that even proposing such a law is a criminal violation for which county or city legislators could be tried and imprisoned.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed gun-control measures on Jan. 24th. All interested parties are requested to please make an effort to attend.