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Editorial | Ban assault weapons now

Editorial | Ban assault weapons now

By The Pitt News Editorial Board March 25, 2021
In order to curb mass shootings, the United States needs to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines now.
Some worry that Beto O’Rourke’s firm stance on guns endangers future efforts of gun control legislation.

Opinion | Democratic calls for rifle bans are misinformed

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

State Rep. Dan Frankel hosts gun policy hearing in WPU

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

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

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.
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.

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

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

Peduto signs gun control bills, lawsuit filed in county court

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.
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.

City Council passes gun control bills amid legal threats

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.
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.

Editorial: City leaders must be transparent in gun control battle

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.”
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.

Column | Pittsburgh gun bills fail civil rights and safety

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

Proposed gun legislation triggers protests

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.
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