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Opinion | Democratic calls for rifle bans are misinformed

Some worry that Beto O’Rourke’s firm stance on guns endangers future efforts of gun control legislation.

By Michael Clifford, Staff Columnist

September 29, 2019

For the sake of competent policy, Americans should hope that proposed gun legislation like this is not put into action.

State Rep. Dan Frankel hosts gun policy hearing in WPU

State Rep. Dan Frankel held a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on gun violence on Friday morning in the William Pitt Union.

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

September 14, 2019

Friday’s meeting, attended by about 20 members of the public, centered on HB1075, a bill that seeks to establish a process for obtaining ERPOs.

Editorial: More states should follow New Jersey’s new gun policy

Gov. Phil Murphy is pictured in Trenton, New Jersey, in March.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 10, 2019

More states should consider similar executive orders going forward to have a greater possible impact on gun policy in this country.

Opinion | Electing a Democrat in 2020 is our best hope for curbing gun violence

Students get off buses after being evacuated to the Recreation Center at Northridge after one student was killed and at least eight others were injured during a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7 in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist

May 14, 2019

In order to protect our children and collective morality, further action must be taken by lawmakers in efforts to curb the rate of gun violence. Electing a Democrat in the upcoming 2020 presidential election is America’s chance to take a stance against our gun problem.

Peduto signs gun control bills, lawsuit filed in county court

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed three gun control bills into law Tuesday afternoon.

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 10, 2019

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed three controversial gun control bills into law Tuesday afternoon, including one that prohibits the usage of certain assault weapons within the City. Several Pittsburgh residents immediately filed a lawsuit against Peduto and the City Council, arguing a state law preempts the new City law.

City Council passes gun control bills amid legal threats

Three gun control bills co-sponsored by councilmembers Corey O’Connor and Erika Strassburger and preliminarily approved by the Council in a 6-3 vote last Wednesday.

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 2, 2019

Pittsburgh’s City Council passed three gun control bills Tuesday morning by a 6-3 vote, including one that prohibits the usage of certain assault weapons within the City.

Editorial: City leaders must be transparent in gun control battle

Three bills introduced in December by Erika Strassburger and Corey O’Connor meant to ban assault weapons and accessories contained parts of ineffective and outdated laws.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 30, 2019

If City leaders hope to try their hand at overturning decades of court precedence, City residents deserve to know more about their plan than waiting to “find out.”

Column | Pittsburgh gun bills fail civil rights and safety

Three bills introduced in December by Erika Strassburger and Corey O’Connor meant to ban assault weapons and accessories contained parts of ineffective and outdated laws.

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 22, 2019

Pittsburgh’s proposed gun control ordinances were cobbled together by cutting and pasting pieces from ineffective and outdated laws. The results are policies that experts say have serious civil rights implications — without making the City any safer.

Proposed gun legislation triggers protests

Many of the protestors gathered outside the City-Council Building carried firearms during Monday afternoon’s demonstration.

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2019

Several hundred gun rights supporters gathered at the City-County Building Monday to protest legislation that would restrict gun ownership in Pittsburgh.

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

SGB released a letter addressed to lawmakers last December calling for stricter regulations on assault weapon sales.

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 8, 2019

The University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board released a letter calling for stricter gun control. But an apparent failure to properly research the subject led to a list of proposals that leading experts are reluctant to place any confidence in.

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