Pittsburgh Approves Gun Restrictions; Lawsuits Expected

Pittsburgh resident wears a shirt supporting the 2nd Amendment as he addresses the City Council during a meeting regarding proposed gun restriction legislation, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The Pittsburgh City Council has given final approval to gun restrictions proposed after last year’s congregation massacre.

The legislation places restrictions on military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle that authorities say was used in the Oct. 27 rampage at Tree of Life congregation that killed 11 and wounded seven.

It also bans most uses of armor-piercing ammunition and high-capacity magazines and allows the temporary seizure of guns from people who are determined to be a danger to themselves or others.

The council approved the measures 6-3 on Tuesday. They now head to Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto for his expected signature.

Pennsylvania state law forbids municipalities from regulating guns, and pro-gun advocates say they’ll sue to block the laws from taking effect.

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