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Democratic state legislators urged Pittsburghers on Thursday to support a bill that would ban the use of some military-style rifles by everyone except service members and law enforcement personnel.
The lawmakers also said hunters in Pennsylvania don’t need the added firepower of semiautomatic rifles, including AR-15-type weapons, even though the Legislature passed a law in 2017 allowing that.
Weapons - Mass - Killings - Today - Children
The weapons increasingly are being used in mass killings that are “traumatizing today’s children,” said state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Lincoln-Lemington, at a gathering sponsored by House Democrats at the Carnegie Library in Homewood.
He and others called for support of a bill that would ban some of the military-style weapons in the state.
Part - House - Democrats - Series - Plan4PA
They were part of a House Democrats’ series called Plan4PA. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald also attended, urging the state House to move forward on universal background checks, extreme risk protection or “red flag” laws, and banning assault weapons. Also in attendance were state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Lawrenceville, and Katie Leslie of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Allegheny County Chief Medical Examiner Karl Williams gave a graphic description of the damage caused by the .223-caliber slug fired by AR-15-type rifles, explaining that it has more muzzle velocity than rounds fired by many other types of long guns.
Mr - Williams - Wounds - AR-15 - Gunman
Mr. Williams said he observed the horrific wounds inflicted by the AR-15 used by accused gunman Robert Bowers in last year’s attack that left 11 people dead at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Swissvale, decried the use of those weapons by hunters, saying, “Game can be killed with normal rifles, so saying they are needed for hunting is no excuse.”
Bill - House - HB - Ownership - Use
A bill introduced in the House, HB 307, would ban ownership, use, control, selling, delivery and manufacturing of such military-style weapons by anyone other than the military and law enforcement.
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