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Justin Dillon, organizer of Monday's planned protest against Pittsburgh City Council's proposed gun control legislation, is no stranger to going toe to toe with municipal governments. In 2013, the 31-year-old and his lawyers took a case in his native Erie to the state Supreme Court, successfully stopping the city from enforcing an ordinance that banned guns in parks.

So when Pittsburgh's municipal leaders announced plans last month to ban certain types of weapons and ammunition within the city, he and his group Open Carry Pennsylvania got involved quickly.

"What the mayor wants to do could affect everybody statewide, if it's allowed to pass," said Mr. Dillon.

Mr. Dillon forecasts over 500 attendees at the open carry protest he has planned for Monday afternoon on the portico of the City-County Building.

Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts, a public school located Downtown, will be on modified lockdown status Monday because of the rally, according to an email sent to parents of its students late Friday. Students will not be allowed to leave the building without prior permission from their parent or guardian, according to the email. Any visitors to the school will need an appointment, and extra school police and city police will be posted outside and inside the school.

"The protest is expected to last for a few hours and may delay school and Port Authority buses traveling through Downtown," the email warned. Most CAPA middle school students ride school buses, while high school students use public transit.



Notice that the Lord Mayor and his barons decided to use scare tactics and inconvenience everyone because of their totalitarian paranoia and fear of people peacefully exercising their civil rights.

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