NRA has the details on who the council members are. Â They are asking people to contact council members today. Â The actual bill in question can be found here if anyone is interested. Â The part of the ordinance that is illegal is here:
No person shall possess any items in the following categories:
- noxious substances;
- â€œcontraband weapon, accessories and/or ammunitionâ€ as defined in Section 607.02 of the Pittsburgh City Code;
- filtered gas masks or similar device designed to filter all air breathed and that would protect the respiratory tract and face against irritating, noxious or poisonous gases; or
- any projectile launcher or other device that is commonly used for the purpose of launching, hurling, or throwing any object, liquid, or material or other substance
with the intent to use any of the said aforementioned items for the purpose of defeating removal upon receipt of official crowd dispersal orders. For the purpose of this Section, â€œnoxious substanceâ€ includes but is not limited to animal or human waste, animal or human blood, rotten eggs, acid, gasoline, manufactured gases or sprays, and alcohol.
The problem is that Section 602.7 of the Pittsburgh Municipal Code was thrown off the books by the State Supreme Court as being a violation of state law and the state constitution. Â It is, in effect unenforceable, and is so badly written as to cover pretty much any semi-automatic firearm as a contraband weapon.
There is no purpose in the City of Pittsburgh passing this legislation other than as another attempt to weaken and scoff at Pennsylvania’s preemption law. Â The penalty for doing the prohibited acts is the same whether you’re in possession of a “contraband weapon” or not. Adding the highlighted section literally has no effect on the crime. Â If you’re doing these acts with or without a weapon, you can be prosecuted under the same ordinance. Â This is solely a jab at statewide preemption.