The Latest: Pittsburgh plans appeal after gun laws tossed

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Monique Mead plays her violin on the sidewalk outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, the first anniversary of the shooting at the synagogue that killed 11 worshippers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Latest on a judge’s ruling that Pittsburgh may not enforce its own gun laws (all times local):

7 p.m.

The city of Pittsburgh plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that it can’t enforce gun laws passed in the wake of the synagogue massacre.

A spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto says the city expected a long legal battle and “will continue to fight for the right to take commonsense steps to prevent future gun violence.”

An Allegheny County judge ruled Tuesday that Pittsburgh’s firearms laws are “void and unenforceable” because Pennsylvania state law forbids municipalities from regulating guns.

The gun restrictions were approved in April after a mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue that killed 11 worshippers.


6:15 p.m.

A judge has struck down gun restrictions that the Pittsburgh City Council imposed after last year’s synagogue massacre.

Allegheny County Judge Joseph James ruled Tuesday that Pittsburgh’s firearms laws are “void and unenforceable” because Pennsylvania state law forbids municipalities from regulating guns.

The gun restrictions were approved in April after a mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue that killed 11 worshippers. Courts have thrown out previous municipal attempts at regulation.

The legislation would have restricted military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle authorities say was used in the synagogue attack. It also would have banned most uses of armor-piercing ammunition and high-capacity magazines, and allowed the temporary seizure of guns from people who are determined to be a danger to themselves or others.

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