ShareThis Page
Pittsburgh Council to amend gun legislation Wednesday, but no vote expected |

Pittsburgh Council to amend gun legislation Wednesday, but no vote expected

Bob Bauder

Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday will amend – but not vote on – controversial legislation that would ban certain firearms and accessories from within city limits, a sponsor of the bills said Wednesday.

Councilman Corey O’Connor of Swisshelm Park said council would amend the proposed legislation to add information, including statistics, exhibits and other data on gun violence that has occurred across the country. He said members are still working out other amendments that would change the actual text of the three bills and hope to cast a first vote in coming weeks.

O’Connor and Councilwoman Erika Strassburger proposed three bills following the Oct. 27 Tree of Life synagogue murders that would ban certain semi-automatic weapons, ammunition and accessories.

The legislation triggered an outcry from gun owners who contend it is illegal and a violation of constitutional rights. They’ve cited Pennsylvania law that prohibits municipalities from enacting firearms restrictions and have vowed to sue the city and file criminal charges against council members and Mayor Bill Peduto if the bills are approved.

Seven of nine council members have pledged support, and the legislation is expected to pass.

In addition to bans on certain guns, ammunition and accessories, the ordinances include an “extreme risk protection” bill that would permit police and household members to petition a court for removal of a person’s firearms if the person is deemed a threat.

O’Connor said council is working on amendments to clarify and strengthen the legislation.

“Generally it’s a lot of clarifying language and protection for children in the extreme risk protection bill,” he said. “We’ve seen a lot of kids end up with guns out of their homes and there’s some language that could change to prevent that or to hold people more accountable for getting guns into the hands of kids.”

He said representatives of CeaseFirePa., a statewide organization that advocates against gun violence, and Children’s Hospital are expected to address council during a public comment period on Wednesday.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.