In Pittsburgh, liberty-loving citizens are fighting the city’s proposed gun control plans, and have threatened charges against councilmembers. However, they’re also filing a petition to have Mayor Bill Peduto impeached and criminally charged over his vision for a disarmed population.
Republican ward Chair Brooke Nadonley, of Mt. Washington, and Val Finnell, of Firearms Owners Against Crime, worked to file a petition at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Monday that would remove Peduto from office.
Although there is a chance that impeachment would fail, it looks extremely likely that private criminal complaints could be filed against councilmembers and the mayor for their plans to strip citizens of their Second Amendment and state gun rights.
It would be up to the Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala whether to pursue them, but Zappala recently weighed in on the side of the constitution.
Previously, the DA wrote to the city council that their proposed gun legislation in the city of Pittsburgh cannot be legally passed.
According to Zappala, what they’re proposing is against the law.
“I was hoping this wouldn’t be a battle, it’s more of a courtesy as I’ve said before, but they just don’t have the authority to do this at this level,” Zappala said.
The excessive assault weapons ban would make it “unlawful to manufacture, sell, purchase, transport, carry, store or otherwise hold in one’s possession an assault weapon within the City, such as the Colt semi-automatic rifle used in the Tree of Life shooting,” a December letter said. It didn’t take long for liberal to exploit that tragedy.
An accessories, ammunition and modification ban would bar items such as bump stocks, armor-penetrating bullets, sawed-off rifles and large capacity magazines, as well.
“I understand the desire of local governments to be proactive in reducing gun violence and the opportunities to cause the type of pain, suffering, and dead, which recently occurred in the City of Pittsburgh,” Zappala said in his Jan. 9 letter.
“I believe, however, that the legislative effort needs to come from the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and that the legislation currently before Council, if passed, will be found unconstitutional.”
However, Nadonley and Finnell aren’t waiting for the city to enact illegal laws and then fight it in court. They met briefly with Zappala about filing a private criminal complaint against council and the mayor if the legislation passes.
“He was extremely helpful, he told us exactly where and how to file it, and also he made some comments that he was very supportive of the second amendment,” Finnell said.
As for impeachment proceedings, the pair were told they needed to file a motion along with the petition of signatures, but PA law states that only elected officials can conduct impeachment proceedings.
The mayor’s spokesman called it a joke, “…some opponents of the city’s proposed reforms would rather make goofy attempts to harass elected officials than actually engage in constructive debate on how to prevent the gun massacres.”
Apparently, actually caring about the views and concerns of people who want to retain the liberties outlined in the law is a ‘waste of time.’
“We are willing to go to battle over this just as our council and mayor are attempting to violate Pennsylvania law,” Nadonley said.
She plans to meet with a lawyer and file the forms to begin Peduto’s impeachment process.
If a judge allows them to proceed, there would be a citizens’ review committee who would ultimately report to the Pittsburgh City Council. A presiding judge would make the final decision.
Breaking: group trying to file petition to impeach Pgh Mayor sent to multiple offices before being told they need court documents to file motion. Mayor’s spokesman calls effort a “joke and waste of time.” #wpxi pic.twitter.com/mgxbZ9FloZ
— Rick Earle (@WPXIRickEarle) January 28, 2019