Gainey to host Policy hearing on banning assault weapons Thursday in Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on his legislation, H.B. 307, an assault weapons ban.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Homewood Library, 7101 Hamilton Ave. in Pittsburgh. Media coverage is invited.

Gainey requested the hearing to explore how Pennsylvania can improve public safety by effectively banning the possession, purchase, transfer, and use or manufacture of assault weapons. He will be joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth. 

  • Testifiers will include: Dr. Raquel Forsythe, director of trauma, UPMC Presbyterian; Dr. Dana Kellerman, policy director, Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence; Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County executive; Erika Strassburger, Pittsburgh city councilwoman, District 8; Daniel Lavelle, Pittsburgh city councilman; Shira Goodman, executive director, CeasefirePA; and victims of gun violence Debra Short and Jason Hate.

The hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, supporting quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at Hearing materials are at