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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 today.

"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."

Vito Spago January 10, 2013 at 05:24 AM
David V. You guys are arguing the 2nd ammendment. The Supreme Court has already ruled on the second ammendment. There should not be a question here. It is the assault weapon ban that is the question here. Namely size of the magazine if I guess the politicians' intent, unless it is to also deceive.
Donna Roberts January 10, 2013 at 05:33 AM
You pass laws as a tool to 1) deter law-abiding citizens from something that is against the good of the greater society and 2) as a means to prosecute those who break the law. Otherwise people can do whatever harm they want with no fear of consequences since they aren't breaking any law and cannot be punished.
Walnut Watchdog January 10, 2013 at 08:06 AM
Dear David V. The militia is the people. The AR-15 rifles sold in California are not assault weapons nor do they have high capacity magazines. They look like their military counterparts, but are completely different. Many of them are simply .22 caliber rifles. I did not infer harming the police or liberals. Of course the progressive way to win an argument in a liberal is to twist the truth. We are all probably going to need our guns as the liberals in Sacramento release tens of thousands of dangerous felons to county jail or unsupervised probation. Those kinds of policies may liberals get warm all over. Another reason to raise "revenues" (shhh taxes) Crime is going up and it is going to get a great deal worse. A rational policy debate to you means to agree with your liberal drivel and bury the victims. I have been shooting since well before becoming ten years old. I learned from a NRA safety course taught by a Korean war veteran. Please understant am not going to give up my first .22 and I am not going to give up my latest AR15. You can count on that. And there us a continent of people that agree with me. Some states allow their citizens to possess concealed firearms and loaded rifles in their vehicles. Those states have minimal crime and are a deterrent to criminals. As to the Senator with the finger on the trigger. I won't call her an idiot. But what she is doing is extremely dangerous and demonstrates she does not know anything about guns.
David V. January 16, 2013 at 09:57 PM
The NRA has not run a shameful, grotesque attack ad targeting the President's children. Can we all join hands in condemning the NRA -- and maybe even begin to recognize it for what it is?
David V. January 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Oops... typo: the fourth word, "not" should be "now."

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