The city of Pittsburgh is working on implementing new gun control measures, in direct contradiction with Pennsylvania’s preemption law. The Free Beacon reports:
Gun-rights groups announced on Monday they would file suit against any new gun-control measures the city of Pittsburgh, Pa., passes that violate the state’s preemption law.
The Allegheny County Sportsmen’s League (ACSL) and Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC) said they would take immediate action against the gun-control proposals Mayor William Peduto (D) announced support for on Friday and which the city council is currently considering. The groups said Pennsylvania law prohibits local municipalities from passing laws stricter than what the state has authorized. They decried the potential action as dangerous and an assault on gun owners.
“We are pleased to have joined forces with Firearm Owners Against Crime to put an end to this dangerous attempt to damage the liberty of the residents of Pittsburgh,” Klint Macro, president of ACSL, said in a statement. “The limitation, restriction, or destruction of our sacred Liberty is not acceptable. We must not stand by while elected officials assault the Rights of Law-Abiding Citizens. This is not only an assault on the Rights of the Citizens of Pittsburgh, but it is also an assault on the Liberty of everyone that calls Western PA Home.”
The city council is currently considering three different gun-control measures. One would ban so-called assault weapons including rifles like the AR-15. The second would ban bump stocks, “armor-penetrating” bullets, and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The third measure would institute Extreme Risk Protection Orders that would allow courts to temporarily seize firearms from people under certain circumstances.
This is not only violating the Second Amendment, but also Pennsylvania law. Although the outcome of the court battle is by no means certain, pro-gun groups have strong arguments on their side to make sure liberty remains in the city of Pittsburgh.