Walter Mencken 3:39 p.m., June 18
Assault weapons ban to be discussed at an upcoming committee meeting
Councilmember David Alvarez will present the resolution at a council committee hearing on March 13
Councilmember David Alvarez is calling on federal and state lawmakers to reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons, such as those used in mass shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut and a movie theatre outside of Denver, Colorado.
Alvarez will present his draft resolution in support of US Senator Dianne Feinstein's legislation that outlaws "federal assault weapons" and "ammunition clips in excess of ten rounds" at a city council committee meeting on March 13.
The resolution calls on state lawmakers to increase funding for mental health programs and prevent "at-risk" people from gaining access to military-type machine guns.
Reads the draft resolution:
WHEREAS, although the State of California already has among the strictest gun laws in the United States including broadly defining and banning assault weapons, prohibiting the sale of ammunition magazines that carry more than ten bullets, and a 10-day waiting period to buy a gun, California residents can travel to neighboring states to obtain prohibited guns, magazines and ammunition, and
WHEREAS, the use of semi-automatic and automatic weapons with large ammunition clips allows persons intent on harm to cause more carnage than would be possible if such weapons were unavailable; and
WHEREAS, military-style weapons coupled with large ammunition clips are not necessary for sportsmen or home protection and constitute a demonstrated threat to the general public; and
WHEREAS, in 1994, Congress enacted an Assault Weapon Ban that prohibited the sale of certain semi-automatic and automatic weapons in order to reduce the levels of street violence in the United States; and
WHEREAS, in 2004, the Assault Weapons Ban expired by operation of law and, to this date, the Assault Weapons Ban has not been renewed by Congress...
If adopted the City of San Diego will be the second city in San Diego County to throw their support behind Feinstein's efforts to bring back the ban on assault rifles and high capacity machine gun clips. On February 26 the Chula Vista City Council adopted a similar resolution that calls for a ban on the manufacture and sale of more than 150 automatic firearms.