Hundreds of protesters, many openly carrying guns, gathered in downtown Pittsburgh Monday to rally against the city council’s proposed restrictions on some firearms and ammunition. According to CBS Pittsburgh, about 600 people met outside the City-County Building downtown for the “Open Carry Rally.”
The group is protesting bills introduced by the city council that would ban semi-automatic rifles and certain ammunition and firearms accessories within city limits. They were introduced last month in the wake of the October massacre at Tree of Life synagogue, where 11 worshippers were killed.
Gun rights activists are decrying the proposals, contending the restrictions would violate Pennsylvania law. State law prohibits municipalities from regulating firearms.
“I think it’s just important that our politicians follow the state Constitution. The Pennsylvania state Constitution makes it clear that they can’t make their own gun rules, that’s a state issue, and I think it’s important that we abide by that,” said gun advocate Kevin Cowley.
by CBS News