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Armed protesters expected at rally against proposed gun ban

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Hundreds of protesters – many openly carrying guns – are expected in downtown Pittsburgh to rally against the city council’s proposed restrictions on some firearms and ammunition.

The protest is to start at noon on Monday outside the City-County Building.

The bills would ban semi-automatic rifles and certain ammunition and firearms accessories within city limits.

City Council introduced the bills last month in the wake of the October massacre at Tree of Life synagogue, where 11 worshippers were killed.

Gun rights activists are decrying the proposals, contending the restrictions would violate Pennsylvania law.

State law prohibits municipalities from regulating firearms.

The protest was organized by Justin Dillon, the founder of the advocacy group Open Carry Pennsylvania. He tells the Tribune-Review he expects as many as 1,000 people and many would be legally armed.

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