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Pittsburgh City Council Passes Prohibitions on Longbows, AR-15s, BB Guns

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On April 2, the Pittsburgh City Council passed prohibitions against longbows, AR-15s, and BB guns, among other things.





The legislation was ubiquitously passed in response to the October 27, 2018, attack on Tree of Life Synagogue.




NBC News reports that the legislation “[makes] it illegal to ‘use’ an assault weapon in a public place.” And YourErie reports that the gun controls also prohibit the public discharge of long bows, compound bows, recurve bows, and crossbows. The laws also prohibit the public discharge of BB guns.




The legislation sets an outright prohibition on the possession of certain weapons within the city. Those include:




  • Anti-tank guns
  • Bazookas
  • Bomb
  • Booby traps
  • Flamethrowers
  • Grenades
  • Mines
  • Mortar shells




President Trump called for armed security at houses of worship following the October 27, 2018, attack on the Tree of Life of Synagogue, because the synagogue had no armed security that day. Mayor Peduto appeared on Meet the Press October 28 and rejected the idea of adding armed guards to “synagogues, mosques … churches” and even schools.




However, Peduto did talk about Michael Bloomberg-founded gun control Mayors Against Illegal Guns.




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