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Pittsburgh eyeing gun legislation in wake of synagogue massacre

November 13, 2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Adam Smeltz,

November 11, 2018-

Pittsburgh will keep mourning. But it’s time to take action. Mayor Bill Peduto said as much Friday in his Downtown office, shortly after an assembly in Point State Park honored the 11 people killed in the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. His administration is talking with city council about legislation that would address certain powerful firearms, Mr. Peduto confirmed, although he wasn’t ready to delve into many details. Robert Bowers, the man accused of the Oct. 27 massacre, used an AR-15 assault rifle and three Glock .357 handguns, all legally purchased, according to authorities.

The burgeoning legislative effort “would challenge the state in what we [the city] can and cannot do regarding weapons that cause mass carnage,” Mr. Peduto said. Pennsylvania is among several dozen states with pre-emption provisions that concentrate — at the state level — much of the regulatory authority over firearms.  Mr. Peduto said such restrictions limit how municipalities can “protect our people.” “We realize that there are common-sense reforms that will save people’s lives,” the mayor said in an earlier interview Friday.

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