The USSCA is hailing a long overdue decision by a Pennsylvania judge this week for striking down all three of Pittsburgh’s restrictive and unlawful gun ordinances that were passed by the City Council earlier this year. Calling it “a huge victory for self-defense and gun rights advocates,” the USCCA has been a vocal opponent of the Pittsburgh ordinances since they were first announced last December.
USCCA’s President and Founder Tim Schmidt made the following statement today:
“Of course, we’re thrilled with the decision. It’s just not every day you see a victory like this for responsibly armed Americans. A huge part of the problem is that many people simply don’t understand this simple fact: Responsible gun owners are amongst the most law-abiding citizens in the country. At the end of the day, we’re focused on protecting the people we love.”
In April 2019, the Pittsburgh City Council voted to break Pennsylvania law and approved the three new gun restrictions, which unlawfully regulated firearms and ammunition within the city. The USCCA was among those who warned the City Council that its actions were illegal. In January, the USCCA delivered a letter directly to the city council urging them not to further restrict the residents’ right to defend themselves and to instead focus their attention on supporting responsibly armed Americans, such as law enforcement and concealed carry permit holders, who are often the first line of defense in active shooter situations.
“I do believe we are making progress. I have a lot of hope for the future. But we know there are still many more battles to come. There will be new laws restricting law-abiding gun owners. There will likely be appeals to overturn our hard-earned victories. We need to stay strong and keep our focus on what really matters. We need to continue to defend and empower law-abiding Americans to be the strongest protectors they can be,” Schmidt concluded today.
The decision also comes right as responsible gun owners prepare to rally for their rights in Washington, D.C., on November 2 and USCCA’s Director of Content Kevin Michalowski will be among those in attendance this Saturday.
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides self-defense education, training and legal protection to responsible American gun owners. The USCCA is the largest and fastest-growing association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American.