About a dozen people gathered for a public meeting in the East Allegheny neighborhood Tuesday night hosted by CeaseFirePA, an organization committed to preventing gun violence.
The meeting was also attended by city Councilman Bruce Kraus and Detective Joseph Bielevicz of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.
CeaseFire members encouraged attendees to speak out in favor of a series of bills before the state Legislature.
One of these bills would eliminate the "long-gun" exception to universal background checks, which allows weapons of certain proportions to be sold without a background check.
Speakers also promoted a bill that would impose penalties on gun owners that do not report lost or stolen firearms. Such a law would help law enforcement more easily identify potential gun traffickers.
"I think there's just so many ways that this law could benefit public safety and certainly benefit our investigations," Detective Bielevicz said. "It's just a no-brainer."
Attendees were provided with talking points, letter-writing aids and the contact information for their lawmakers.