Pittsburgh has introduced three major gun reform measures two months after a mass shooting left 11 dead at a synagogue.
The three proposals include banning assault weapons and extended magazines within the city, banning bump stocks and other accessories like armor-piercing bullets, and allowing courts to temporarily take weapons away if a person is deemed a threat to themselves or others.
The proposals were introduced during a city council meeting on December 18. Public hearings are expected to take place until council members vote on the proposals in February. People who already legally own assault-style weapons will be grandfathered in if the proposals pass.
City council member Erika Strassburger insists the proposals shouldn’t be seen as a reaction to the Tree of Life shooting alone, but rather a response to “decades and decades of gun violence” in the city.
According to Philadelphia state law, municipalities and towns can’t pass gun reform measures.
“We acknowledge that there have been efforts at the deferral level and by state lawmakers to amend our firearms laws,” Strassburger said. “In light of those efforts going nowhere, we felt the need to take action at the local level.”
The NRA is expected to challenge the city’s proposals and gun rights advocates have called them illegal.