USCCA President Tim Schmidt Urges Pittsburgh City Council to Oppose Anti-Second Amendment Legislation & Support Responsibly-Armed Americans

Looks Forward To Hosting USCCA’s Annual Expo In Pittsburgh This May  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 22, 2019

West Bend, WI – The President and Founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Tim Schmidt sent a letter to members of the Pittsburgh City Council today expressing his strong opposition to proposed anti-gun legislation under consideration in that city and urged them 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.

Schmidt’s letter to the City Council comes ahead of a January 24th Council hearing which is still being held despite a warning to city leaders from Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala – in a letter to City Councilman Corey O’Connor, dated January 9th – stating that he believes the proposed legislation is unconstitutional. Pennsylvania state law prohibits municipalities from regulating firearms, meaning any new firearms restrictions would need to be passed by the State Legislature.

“[W]e should all agree that our shared goal should always be on protecting innocent lives and allowing every law-abiding citizen to protect themselves and others. That is why you should be supporting responsibly armed Americans and not targeting them with unconstitutional legislation that will ultimately do nothing to strengthen public safety,” Schmidt wrote today. “At the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, we will continue to stand with all gun-rights supporters in opposing efforts such as this that will undermine Americans’ right to self-defense and work together to protect our Constitutional freedoms. Instead of going after law-abiding citizens who want to responsibly own a firearm, the Pittsburgh City Council should be focusing its efforts on real crimes that drive people to take their personal protection into their own hands.”

Schmidt noted that the USCCA will be hosting its annual “Concealed Carry Expo” in Pittsburgh from May 17th to May 19th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The event is expected to draw thousands of attendees from across the country and it is dedicated to education and training for responsible gun owners. “We stress at every level of our training that violence is the last resort. We would encourage you to join us at the Expo in May because we believe that education is key to finding common ground on self-defense issues,” Schmidt wrote.

***Full Letter Below***

January 22, 2019

Honorable Members of the City Council
510 City-County Office Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Re: Proposed Anti-Second Amendment Legislation

Dear Honorable Members:

As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), which represents more than 300,000 law-abiding American gun owners, I am writing to express my strong opposition to the proposed anti-gun legislation under consideration and the subject of your public hearing on January 24th.

The hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Americans who support the USCCA share the heartbreak and mourn those who were lost at the Tree of Life synagogue last October.  Too many lives have been lost because murderous maniacs know that many Americans often don’t have the ability to protect themselves, whether they be in places of worship, schools, restaurants or shopping malls.

However, instead of moving forward with what many of us, including the Allegheny County District Attorney, believe to be an unconstitutional effort to curb Americans’ Second Amendment freedoms, we at the USCCA believe the focus of all local governments should be on supporting more responsibly-armed Americans, such as law enforcement and concealed carry permit holders, who are often the first line of defense in active shooter situations.

Roughly one out of every four Americans now own or have a gun in their home, and over 18 million Americans now have a concealed carry permit, including many women and minorities.  Study after study has shown that these Americans are among the most law-abiding citizens in the country and they have the necessary knowledge, training and experience to protect those around them.

Responsible gun owners take self-defense seriously, and these individuals have already proven that they are willing to comply with the law, by fulfilling all of the requirements associated with obtaining a concealed carry permit.  Criminals, by definition, have no regard for laws or permits or gun free zones, and by allowing safe, responsible citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights, our communities could be much safer.

That is why the USCCA, which is the largest and fastest-growing association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American, is looking forward to holding our annual Concealed Carry Expo in Pittsburgh this May.  Contrary to some of the mistaken, pre-conceived notions that at least one Member of your Council appears to have about this event, the Expo is first and foremost an educational and training event, designed to teach situational awareness and conflict avoidance.  We stress at every level of our training that violence is the last resort.  We would encourage you to join us at the Expo in May because we believe that education is key to finding common ground on self-defense issues.

Until then, we should all agree that our shared goal should always be on protecting innocent lives and allowing every law-abiding citizen to protect themselves and others.  That is why you should be supporting responsibly armed Americans and not targeting them with unconstitutional legislation that will ultimately do nothing to strengthen public safety.

At the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, we will continue to stand with all gun-rights supporters in opposing efforts such as this that will undermine Americans’ right to self-defense and work together to protect our Constitutional freedoms.  Instead of going after law-abiding citizens who want to responsibly own a firearm, the Pittsburgh City Council should be focusing its efforts on real crimes that drive people to take their personal protection into their own hands.

Sincerely,

Tim Schmidt
President and Founder
U.S. Concealed Carry Association

 

About the USCCA:


The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides education, training and self-defense protection to responsible American gun owners. Headquartered in West Bend, WI, the USCCA is the largest and fastest-growing association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American.

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