Pittsburgh bans assault rifles in public
Supporters applaud after the Pittsburgh City Council voted to pass gun control legislation on April 2, 2019. PHOTO CREDIT: Keith Srakocic/AP via NPR
Last week, Pittsburgh’s city council approved a ban against the use of assault-style weapons in public. This legislation was introduced in direct response to the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh back in October that killed 11 people and injured seven. With the new law, it would still be legal to own assault guns but they would not be allowed to fire or even be loaded in public. In addition, the law allows authorities to temporarily take guns away from people that are deemed a risk to themselves or others.
“The only way that a society progresses is by challenging what is accepted during their time." ~ Mayor Bill Peduto via NPR
In response to this new legislation, some Pittsburgh residents filed a lawsuit backed by the NRA. Protesting with their assault rifles outside city hall, they claim they "have a right to carry the self-defense tool that best suits their needs."