Armed protesters expected at Pittsburgh rally against proposed gun ban

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 7, 2019 9:46 AM

FILE PHOTO: Gun rights advocate Jeff Blair and others demonstrate on the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Harrisburg. (AP Photo)

(Pittsburgh) -- Hundreds of protesters -- many openly carrying guns -- are expected in downtown Pittsburgh to rally against the city council's proposed restrictions on some firearms and ammunition.

The protest is to start at noon outside the City-County Building.

The bills would ban certain semi-automatic rifles, ammunition and firearms accessories within city limits.

City Council introduced the bills last month in the wake of the October massacre at Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, where 11 worshippers were killed.

Gun rights activists are decrying the proposals, contending the restrictions would violate state law, which prohibits municipalities from regulating firearms.

The protest was organized by Justin Dillon, the founder of the advocacy group Open Carry Pennsylvania.

He says he expects as many as 1,000 people and many would be legally armed.

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