Pittsburgh agreed on Monday to postpone enforcement of controversial firearms ordinances until several lawsuits filed by gun owners are resolved in court.
City Council in April voted to approve a package of controversial bills banning the “use” of certain firearms, including semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a magazine capacity of 10 rounds or more.The ban includes firing, attempting to fire, loading and brandishing assault rifles.
Several local gun owners along with the Allegheny County Sportsman’s League and Firearm Owners Against Crime sued. They contended among other things the legislation violates a state law prohibiting municipalities from regulating firearms.
The lawsuits sought an injunction preventing the city from enforcing the ban. They also asked the court to hold Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and six city council members in contempt.
Attorneys representing the city and plaintiffs met Monday morning before Senior Judge Joseph James in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for a status conference.
James issued an order that prohibits enforcement of the ordinances until the cases are resolved.
Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, [email protected] or via Twitter .
I know you didn't write the article Casey but they need new writers at the Trib. The lead sentence says the City agreed not to enforce their illegal ordinance, while the article goes on to say a Judge "ordered" the city not to enforce it until the case is resolved in court. I doubt that was an error, it was intentional because many people only read the lead and not the entire article.
Preemption law. Pittsburg should be made to foot the bill on ANY lawsuit involving it, not only arrests where no Pennsylvania State gun laws were violated, and the responsible parties jailed for violating the rights of Commonwealth citizens.