PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – State and local leaders gathered in Pittsburgh to announce the details of three “common sense” gun safety bills, which will be introduced next week.
“We cannot just stand idly by and continue to be bystanders as more and more Americans die to guns held by the hands of hate,” Josh Fidel, a senior at Allderdice High School, said.
Fidel spoke from his heart and out of fear. He lives just a few blocks way from the Tree of Life Synagogue, where 11 people were shot and killed in October.
These same acts of gun violence are happening across the country. All nine Pittsburgh City Council members agree this must stop and all intend to pass three bills called “common sense” gun measures.
“So the three bills we are going to introduce, one is an assault weapon ban in the city of Pittsburgh. Two is an accessory ammunition and modification ban. The third one is an extreme risk protection ban to protect our residents,” Councilman Corey O’Connor said.
Outside Pittsburgh City Council chambers, residents and local and state leaders told the crowd this is just the beginning.
“We intend to work, not only in this council chamber, but across the state of Pennsylvania in council chambers in every town and village across the state to get the support that is needed to change the laws in Harrisburg,” Mayor Bill Peduto said.
“I’ll continue to champion commonsense gun safety at the state level and urge Washington to live up to its responsibilities,” Governor Tom Wolf said.
City Council will introduce the bills next Tuesday.
KDKA News reached out to the National Rifle Association for comment. They did not return our calls.