Gun Control

Pittsburgh Wants to Ban Not Only AR-15s, But Also BB Guns and Starter Pistols

In this day and age, it is not surprising that many local governments would want to take away citizens’ Second Amendment rights with gun bans. It isn’t a surprise that when enacting new gun-control measures, semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 would top the list.

But BB guns and starter pistols?

The Pittsburgh City Council recently said it will seek not only to ban AR-15s, but also BB guns and starter pistols.

We swear we’re not making this up.

According to Breitbart, “The ban would prohibit the possession of some weapons, while limiting the possession of other weapons to one’s own land and/or residence.”

“Regarding ‘assault weapons,’ the City Council says, ‘It shall be unlawful to manufacture, sell, purchase, transport, carry, store, or otherwise hold in one’s possession within the City of Pittsburgh an assault weapon.”

But then the Council targets so-called “facsimile firearms.”

Breitbart continues, “The ban also references ‘facsimile firearms,’ which the City Council describes as ‘any toy, antique, starter pistol, or other object that bears a reasonable resemblance to an operable firearm, or any object that impels a projectile by means of a spinning action, compression, or CO2 cartridge.”

“The City Council bans the carry or possession of facsimile firearms outside of one’s own property: ‘No person shall carry in any vehicle or concealed or unconcealed on or about their person except when on their land or in their abode or fixed place of business any facsimile firearm with the intent to alarm, intimidate, terrify, or threaten any person.”

What should worry anyone who cares about the constitutional right to own a firearm is that decrees such as this tell us all we need to know about most gun-control advocates: They really do seek to ban all guns.

It isn’t hysteria or paranoia to recognize this: This council of a major U.S. city is saying that even BB guns and starter pistols won’t be allowed, much less actual firearms that could be used to defend your life.

It will be interested to see if there are any legal challenges to this proposal.

Also, now is probably not the best time to move to Pittsburgh.

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • When my kids were growing up I bought them a full size air rifle. We built targets for indoor and outdoor and the kids took great pleasure in shooting safely and the target allowed them to reuse the bb's. It also taught them gun safety before they were old enough to use a real firearm. Kids can learn a lot about safety and coordination through careful teaching and that's what a parent is for. To prepare their children for the real world out there, to be able to take care of themselves in most situations.

  • When my kids were growing up I bought them a full size air rifle. We built targets for indoor and outdoor and the kids took great pleasure in shooting safely and the target allowed them to reuse the bb's. It also taught them gun safety before they were old enough to use a real firearm. Kids can learn a lot about safety and coordination through careful teaching and that's what a parent is for. To prepare their children for the real world out there, to be able to take care of themselves in most situations.

  • When my kids were growing up I bought them a full size air rifle. We built targets for indoor and outdoor and the kids took great pleasure in shooting safely and the target allowed them to reuse the bb's. It also taught them gun safety before they were old enough to use a real firearm. Kids can learn a lot about safety and coordination through careful teaching and that's what a parent is for. To prepare their children for the real world out there, to be able to take care of themselves in most situations.

  • When my kids were growing up I bought them a full size air rifle. We built targets for indoor and outdoor and the kids took great pleasure in shooting safely and the target allowed them to reuse the bb's. It also taught them gun safety before they were old enough to use a real firearm. Kids can learn a lot about safety and coordination through careful teaching and that's what a parent is for. To prepare their children for the real world out there, to be able to take care of themselves in most situations.

  • When my kids were growing up I bought them a full size air rifle. We built targets for indoor and outdoor and the kids took great pleasure in shooting safely and the target allowed them to reuse the bb's. It also taught them gun safety before they were old enough to use a real firearm. Kids can learn a lot about safety and coordination through careful teaching and that's what a parent is for. To prepare their children for the real world out there, to be able to take care of themselves in most situations.

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