State Law Makers Seek Support For New Gun Laws

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Legislation to toughen gun control laws was before a State House Committee hearing in Pittsburgh Wednesday.

Physicians, activists and people whose lives have been changed by gun violence testified before a state house committee considering new gun control measures.

State Representative Ed Gainey of Pittsburgh says the impact goes beyond lost lives.

“We know that there’s an increase in PTSD from our children that have experienced this level of death,” said Gainey. “We don’t want that, that’s not building a healthy America.”

Allegheny County medical examiner Dr. Carl Williams says a bullet from a semi-automatic weapon literally explodes when it hits the human body.

Victims of mass shootings are also testifying Deborah Short who lost his son to an assault weapons shooting told the committee, “Let’s stop all this.”

The Democratic policy committee is considering stronger background checks, red flag laws and a ban on assault weapons.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says it there is no need for semi-automatic weapons.

“They’re there to kill as many people as they can, as quickly as they can,” said Fitzgerald. “They’re not used for hunting, they’re not used for self-defense.

Gainey hopes hearing like this one can raise consciousness on the issue of guns.

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