PITTSBURGH — Mayor Bill Peduto is responding to the Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala's comments about proposed gun reform in Pittsburgh with a simple challenge: "Arrest me."
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Just one month later, Zappala called the gun reform plan "unconstitutional" and said there could be legal consequences for Peduto or council members who work to implement the gun legislation.
"Arrest me," Peduto said Tuesday. "I welcome him trying to put up a lawsuit that would arrest me if I sign this legislation.
"Anybody who would threaten a legislator of any body, city council, state rep, Congress member, that you will be arrested if you don't vote a certain way, what country do we live in?"
Zappala's office issued this statement not long after Peduto's comments:
While state law bans local governments from enacting gun reform legislation, the mayor said after the Tree of Life mass shooting, the city has to do something and he's prepared to challenge the law in court.
City council is holding a public hearing Thursday on the legislation, and Peduto will speak about it later this week at the Annual Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.
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