Mayor Bill Peduto signed three gun-control ordinances into law Tuesday, making Pittsburgh the first city to enact a so-called “red flag” law.
The signing marked a milestone in a push, in which he’s enlisted other mayors nationwide, that aims to address a perceived national epidemic of mass shootings through action at the local level, according to the mayor and gun-control advocates. It also drew immediate legal action from gun rights advocates, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
“Change doesn’t happen on its own, change only happens when you challenge the status quo, We have tried to get that change through Harrisburg, we have tried to get that change through Washington, and we have taken steps backward, not forward. So what we’re saying is in communities across this state … in cities around this country, we will take action. The bills are now law.” ~ Mayor Peduto
Peduto is trying to rally mayors to push similar gun controls in 60 cities around the nation.
The following are the 4 major points on what Peduto has passed as law and his terminology to scare the sheep into compliance:
- The legislation places restrictions on all military-style ‘assault’ weapons like the AR-15 rifle ( Semi-Automatic Weapons)
- Bans most uses of armor-piercing ammunition
- Bans high-capacity magazines
- Allows the temporary seizure of guns from people who are determined to be a danger to themselves or others.
Pittsburgh tried enforcing an assault-weapons ban in 1993, but the state Legislature quickly took action to invalidate the measure, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that city officials had overstepped.
Now in 14 states, extreme risk protection orders, often shortened to ERPOs, also go by the names of red flag laws or gun violence restraining orders.
A red flag law is a gun violence prevention law that permits police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves.
The bill, known as “red flag” legislation, would allow a family member, roommate or law enforcement officer to ask a judge to take someone’s gun away if they are deemed to pose a risk to themselves or society.
The person seeking the order must first fill out a form providing evidence of danger to others or self, then the court holds an expedited hearing. If a judge agrees that the individual is a threat, their guns will be removed for a temporary period that can last from a few weeks to a year. That’s it, that is all it takes for someone to remove a person’s right’s and freedom’s if they have a vindictive motive or simply out of spite or anger.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.