After the tragic shooting in Ross Township, Lehigh County officials have questioned whether banning guns at government buildings or public meetings would be effective.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski said that, due to the state law that prohibits counties and municipalities from regulating the lawful possession of firearms or ammunition, “anybody can walk into a city council or township meeting with a gun and nothing can be done to stop them.”

“I’m not against the Second Amendment; I don’t care if you own a gun, 10 guns or 100 guns,” Pawlowski said. “But I do believe you shouldn’t be able to bring a gun into a municipal building, especially a city council meeting where we’re having very heated conversations sometimes.”