City officials don’t expect gun rally to cause major disruptions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Police are ready to close down Grant Street in front of the City-County Building but are not planning to do so from the start.

Ahead of Monday’s open carry protest outside the City-County Building, public officials say they are ready for anything, but do not currently expect major disruptions in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Justin Dillon, 31, of Erie, Pa.,organized the protest in response to Pittsburgh City Council legislation introduced last month to ban assault-style weapons and types of ammunition, following the Oct. 27 mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

Mr. Dillon, who in 2014 won a court battle against the City of Erie over an ordinance banning guns in city parks, said the proposed legislation violates state law, which bans counties and municipalities from enacting gun regulations beyond those the state enacts.

Mr. Dillon initially applied for a permit for “fewer than 200” to protest but said he now expects many more — possibly in excess of 600 people — to attend the demonstration.

Source: City officials don’t expect gun rally to cause major disruptions | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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