• Open carry rally planned in response to Pittsburgh's proposed gun control legislation

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    PITTSBURGH - An open carry rally is being planned for Monday outside Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s office in response to city council’s proposed gun control legislation.

    Open Carry Pennsylvania is encouraging gun owners and supporters to demonstrate at noon Monday outside the City-County Building on Grant Street.

    The proposed legislation being protested would ban semiautomatic weapons within the city. If it's approved, advocates have said they will sue the city.

    Justin Dillon, of Open Carry Pennsylvania, said people who choose to carry during the rally do so in a safe manner.

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    Signs have been posted outside the City-County Building warning visitors that weapons are not permitted inside.

    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said workers in the building and police are prepared.

    "They are not permitted in the building, but they are permitted ,along the street on the portico. The open carry laws will be recognized, and they are saying that they intend to bring both handguns on there waist and strapped rifles as well," he said.


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