PITTSBURGH — Gun rights activists have filed private criminal complaints against Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto over his proposed gun reform legislation.
The complaints filed with the district attorney are also against seven City Council members and City Solicitor Yvonne Hilton. The seven council members are Kraus, Coghill, O’Connor, Lavelle, Gross, Strassburger and Burgess.
“The actions of the Mayor and City Council demonstrate criminal intent to abridge Constitutional rights,” Dr. Val Finnell, of Kennedy Township, said in a news release. “They have absolutely no authority to enact gun control legislation. Citizens are sick and tired of politicians who think they can violate the law with impunity. They need to be held accountable.”
The proposed assault weapons ban would make it "unlawful to manufacture, sell, purchase, transport, carry, store or otherwise hold in one’s possession an assault weapon within the City, such as the Colt semi-automatic rifle used in the Tree of Life shooting," a December letter said.
Meanwhile, an accessories, ammunition and modification ban would bar items such as bump stocks, armor-penetrating bullets, sawed-off rifles and large capacity magazines.
Peduto told Channel 11 News Wednesday that he has received threats over the proposed gun reform legislation, which Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said he believes would be found unconstitutional.
Some gun rights advocates are now trying to push Peduto out of office.
Republican ward Chair Brooke Nadonley, of Mt. Washington, and Val Finnell, of Firearms Owners Against Crime, made rounds Monday at the Allegheny County Courthouse, trying to file a petition to impeach Peduto.
Mike Manko, a spokesperson for the Allegheny County District Attorney's office, issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:
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