Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh Presbytery Callsfor State Ban on Assault Rifles

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh Presbytery Callsfor State Ban on Assault Rifles

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The Pittsburgh Presbytery is urging state legislators to ban assault rifles used in recent high-profile shootings.

While Pennsylvania legislators have shown more willingness to expand than contract gun rights in recent sessions, the presbytery is nevertheless arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court allows for local regulations of arms sales and manufacturing. It says there are reduced "death rates due to gun violence in states which have rigorous gun safety provisions."

The open letter to Pennsylvania legislators and congregations of the Pittsburgh Presbytery follows the passage of the statement at the Dec. 8 meeting of the presbytery. It represents 140 congregations and about 30,000 members of Allegheny County churches in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The letter cites the use of specific assault rifles in two recent massacres earlier in 2016 - the killings of five adults and an unborn child in Wilkinsburg in March and the killings of 49 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. …

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