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Assembly Resolution Calls for Nationwide Ban of Assault Weapons

The state Assembly approves a resolution urging Congress to reauthorize the lapsed ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons. Introduced by Assembly member Mike Feuer, the resolution now moves to the state Senate.

The California State Assembly has approved Assembly Joint Resolution 45 which calls on the President and Congress to reauthorize the Federal Assault Weapons Ban which expired in 2004.

Assembly Member Mike Feuer, introduced the resolution in response to recent gun violence in Colorado and Wisconsin. Feuer represents the state’s 42nd district which includes Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and North Hollywood.

“The recent tragedy in Aurora underscores—as have so many previous tragedies—the need for a national assault weapons ban. How many more Americans must die in mass shootings before we take this obvious, common-sense step?” said Feuer in a press statement. “Here in California we’ve outlawed these deadly, military-grade weapons. But that’s not enough. I urge the federal government to re-authorize the ban.”

California and seven other states have laws in effect that ban assault weapons. Many cities across the nation also prohibit such weapons. 

Feuer cited statistics showing that since the ban lapsed, 750 individuals have been shot by assault weapons, 350 of them killed.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, formed in aftermath of an assault weapons massacre at 101 California Street in San Francisco in 1993, applauded Feuer for the “timely resolution.”

“As the devastating tragedy in Aurora once again makes clear, military-style assault weapons simply have no place in civilian hands,” said Juliet Leftwich, Legal Director of the Law Center, in a press statement.

The resolution now moves to the state Senate. If approved, it will be sent directly to President Obama, the congressional leadership and California’s congressional delegation. Joint Resolutions do not require the Governor’s signature.

Feuer sponsored a in which LA County Sheriff Lee Baca and others joined in the call for a nationwide ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons.

Feuer has long been an advocate of laws which reduce gun violence. During his first term in the Assembly, Feuer wrote the Crime Gun Identification Act requiring semi-automatic handguns be "microstamped" via technology that imprints bullet cartridges with data establishing who purchased the gun.

While a member of the Los Angeles City Council (1994-2001), Feuer authored legislation limiting gun purchases to one per month, requiring background checks for gun store employees and prohibiting possession of easily concealable weapons.

Feuer, who will be termed out of the Assembly at the end of this year, is running for Los Angeles City Attorney in 2013.

Barry Cullison August 24, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Well, here we go. This common sense ban is going to drive the gun fanatics nuts. But something has got to be done and this is a start. What have we got now, two shootings a week? I am weary of being told that there is NOTHING that can be done about gun violence. We who do not own guns are sick of it. Yeah Yeah have your guns but help stop the slaughter.
scott ferguson August 29, 2012 at 01:24 AM
It might help if the crazier gun nuts were given life time presciptions to Viagra. It will fill much of the emptiness guns provide.
Marie Cunningham August 29, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Please keep it civil everybody! Already deleted a comment for name calling. Our terms of use are here: http://beverlyhills.patch.com/terms. Best, Marie
Gerry Hall August 29, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Ah you anti gun nuts are just to Funny. Second amendment remember. But let's get past that shall we. According to the police, James Holmes four guns on him. He was carrying: – An AR-15 assault rifle– A Remington 12-gauge 870 shotgun– Two 40-caliber Glock handguns, so why are you focusing on the assault rifle, because of your emotional illogical conclusion that it is the gun at fault and not the person using it. The problem with your so called common sense legislation is that you have no proof that it would do anything. Case in point, cities like Chicago, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia have some of the toughest gun laws in America, yet they also have some of the highest usage of guns for crimes in America. Hm, makes you wonder doesn't it.
Gerry Hall August 29, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Here are some facts for you. Maybe you should educate yourself and not be so emotional. Try common sense. It is a wonderful thing. Guns used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year -- or about 6,850 times a day.1 This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker. As many as 200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse.
Gerry Hall August 29, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Even anti-gun Clinton researchers concede that guns are used 1.5 million times annually for self-defense. According to the Clinton Justice Department, there are as many as 1.5 million cases of self-defense every year. The National Institute of Justice published this figure in 1997 as part of "Guns in America" -- a study which was authored by noted anti-gun criminologists Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig. Armed citizens kill more crooks than do the police. Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606). And readers of Newsweek learned that "only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The 'error rate' for the police, however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high." Facts are so much fun, don't you think?
Gerry Hall August 29, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Oh and by the way, in case you are wondering, I don't own a gun and do not want too.

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