PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – In a letter to Pittsburgh City Council, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala is warning members about possible repercussions of the gun control legislation before them.
He tells KDKA Radio's Lynne Hayes-Freeland city council could be committing a crime if legislation is passed.
“There’s some strong language in the series of statues that deal with firearms there’s a prevision that says it’s possible that this could be treated as a crime if you pass unconstitutional legislation knowing it’s unconstitutional,” said Zappala.
That means criminal complaints could be brought against members who vote for the package of three bills introduced last month. They seek to limit types of firearms and ammunition allowed in the city and allows temporary removal of guns from dangerous individuals.
Zappala adds he appreciates the effort but they need to contact state legislators.
“What they should be trying to do is lobby the votes in Harrisburg if that’s possible and just to the letter is that I’m not sure what the opinion from the law department was but I’m telling you unfortunately you don’t have the authority to do what you’re trying to do,” said Zappala.
Zappala sent a letter to city councilman Corey O'Connor last week and reads:
Dear Councilman O'Connor:
A final vote by city council is expected in mid-February.