Pittsburgh’s short-lived ban on assault weapons, quashed by the General Assembly in 1994, is still on the city’s books, and it may get new life under legislation driven by next month’s G-20 summit.
A little-noted clause in a proposed ordinance written by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s administration to keep protesters from thwarting police crowd control efforts invokes the defunct assault weapons ban. The clause says “no person shall possess” an array of items including 37 “contraband” weapons listed in the ban, “for the purpose of defeating lawful removal” by police.
To Councilman Bruce Kraus, a gun control advocate, it’s “clearly saying that this ban on assault weapons would be an effective tool for policing the G-20.”
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