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County Supes Vote to Support Assault Weapons Ban

Supervisor Michael Antonovich was the sole dissenting vote.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to support the reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons.

A 1994 ban on certain automatic firearms expired 10 years later and attempts to renew it have failed. But some legislators, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, have pledged to pass a new ban in light the shooting massacre in Newtown, CT, last month.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky recommended that the board throw its weight behind Feinstein's bill, which she has promised to bring to the Senate on Jan. 22, the first day new legislation will be heard.

Since the bill is not yet available for review, the board agreed to support it only to the extent that it reinstates the previous ban.

The board joined several city leaders calling for re-authorization of the gun control legislation, including Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel. City Councilman Paul Koretz has said he will introduce a City Council resolution in support.

The board also voted to send letters to the mayors of all 88 cities in Los Angeles County, asking them to have their councils consider supporting Feinstein's bill.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich was the sole dissenting vote.

The measure was part of a broader public safety review recommended by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and also approved by the board Tuesday.

"We don't need to look across the country for examples of the devastating consequences of gun violence," Ridley-Thomas said of the many times he's met to comfort the families of those killed in local shootings.

The board voted unanimously to establish a task force of law enforcement, public health and mental health officials and charge that group with developing a comprehensive plan for curbing gun violence locally. The group will be asked to consider enhanced enforcement of gun control laws, as well as efforts to erase the stigma associated with seeking help for mental health problems.

The county will also survey public school districts to ensure compliance with mandated safety plans and conduct a safety assessment of county facilities and protocols in the event of an armed attack.

"It is not just a question about laws, but it is a question about our own set of values," Ridley-Thomas said. "We must recommit ourselves to the principle of non-violence."

Niles Akbar January 13, 2013 at 05:49 PM
David and nonoise, both of your comments about Christians and Catholics are offensive. Let's see you make the same comments about Jews and Muslims on this page and see what it gets you. Testa de cazzo!
Hugo R. Ajanel January 13, 2013 at 08:31 PM
This man nonoise has no clue.
Hugo R. Ajanel January 13, 2013 at 08:32 PM
David is clueless, Ignorance is bliss.
Hugo R. Ajanel January 13, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Erick Holder should be in Jail, for giving guns to criminals.
cjc January 26, 2013 at 07:45 PM
The proposed weapons listed in this ban are not by definition Military Assault rifles. True Military assault rifles are select fire (fully automatic) rifles which are already illegal to own by the majority of the public. The proposed ban lists for the most part semi-automatic medium caliber sporting rifles used legally and responsibly by millions of law abiding citizens. If the politicians need to resort to lie even about the mere simple definitions of the weapons listed then even they realize this proposed ban is more about control and limiting personal freedoms. It is not common knowledge but Senator Feinstien herself had a concealed weapons permit that would allow her to carry a handgun. Why is it ok for some elites to be armed for personal protection but not the common public if trained and vetted properly. Even the Department of Homeland Security has stated that an AR-15 sporting style rifle is highly suitable for personal defense. Whatever your thoughts on this proposed ban, I suggest people do some research into what this ban really is about and the facts behind gun violence. The politicians only hope is that we remain ignorant and emotional. www.assaultweapon dot info

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