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Federal Assault Weapons Ban Should Be Reinstated, Panel Says

State Assemblyman Mike Feuer leads a panel discussion about gun laws and gun violence. California has the toughest gun laws in the nation, Feuer says.

Update, Aug. 16 1:30 p.m.: The California Assembly's Public Safety Committee approved Feuer's resolution, calling on President Obama to reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons, with a 4-2 vote.

“The recent tragedy in Aurora underscores—as have so many previous tragedies--the need for a national assault weapons ban," Feuer said in a statement Thursday. "How many more Americans must die in mass shootings before we take this obvious, common-sense step? 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.”

The measure, a joint resolution, must be approved by the state legislature and can then be passed on to California's congressional representatives without the signature of the governor.

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Congress needs to reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons, according to local elected and police officials who participated in a .

Assemblyman Mike Feuer organized the discussion in response to recent gun violence in Colorado and Wisconsin. About 150 people attended the event held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

"No matter how you feel about the Second Amendment, no one likes gun violence," said Feuer, who represents the 42nd Assembly District, including Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and North Hollywood.

Feuer announced that he has introduced a resolution in Sacramento calling on Congress and the president to reauthorize the federal assault weapons ban which lapsed in 2004. Feuer cited statistics saying that 750 people have been shot by assault weapons since the ban expired, 350 of them killed.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca reported that since that ban lapsed, a large influx of assault weapons, primarily from Russia and China, have come into the U.S. for consumer purchase.

"Do we really need military weapons to protect ourselves in this country?" asked Baca.

"[The United States] is no place for weapons designed as weapons of war," said Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michel Moore.

"What law-abiding citizen needs assault weapons?" asked Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Kortez, who represents the 5th District.

State has tough gun laws

California’s rate of gun-related deaths is lower than in other states, both in terms of homicides and suicides, Feuer said. He credited the city’s and the state’s strict gun laws, calling them the "toughest in the nation."

Moore gave the state of California, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County a grade of "A" on gun control laws. Moore also gave the United States a grade of "F," citing the federal assault weapons ban not being renewed as a primary reason.  

Koretz said the Second Amendment may guarantee the right to bear arms but it doesn’t prevent government from placing restrictions on guns.  

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge agreed, saying he believed that people would eventually come to accept restrictions on guns. He pointed out that people were initially resistant to smoking bans and drunken driving laws, but they been proven to work.

Guns vs. People

The age-old question of whether guns or people are the problem was raised.

"People kill people with guns," Moore said, adding that you can also kill with an ax handle but can’t walk into a movie theater and kill many people with that ax handle.

Baca, a former member of the National Rifle Association, said be believed that most Americans were afraid of guns but felt that they needed a gun to be safe and to protect their home.

Koretz said that when he served on the West Hollywood City Council, the city passed one of the nation’s first bans on assault weapons, which eventually led to the state ban. Later, West Hollywood passed one of the nation’s first bans on guns known as "Saturday Night Specials."

Koretz noted that the NRA routinely opposes any type of gun control law, even one as seemingly benign as registering bullets to the people who buy them. He said the nation needs a strong gun-control organization to counter the NRA.

Background checks

An audience member said guns were not the problem, that stronger background checks were needed before a person could buy guns or ammunition. That remark brought strong applause from the audience as well as a few boos.

Koretz responded that background checks do not prevent access to guns. Baca said background checks can only go so far because they merely provide a snapshot of an individual at a particular time.

Baca called for restrictions on how much ammunition a person should be able to buy in a week or a month’s time.

Baca also questioned the need for people to own 30, 40, 50 or more weapons, pointing out that a person would have to hire people to shoot all those weapons at the same time.

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

What do you think of about banning assault weapons? Tell us in the comments below.

Budrick December 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
lets say we BAN ALL GUNS for civilian use period, not allowed to possess a gun at all. You will still have these types of weapons for law enforcement and military use, how can anyone say they will never end up in a criminals hand and used in a killing spree, you logic is get rid of guns and this wont ever happen, yeah like people don't do drugs, no to mention the fact about smuggling. I say we take guns away from cops cause where I live they are horrible shots.
Barry Cullison December 16, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Banning guns will not work. So cut the bull. That's the ONLY argument you can win so you keep trying to make the argument about that. Cut the bull.
Budrick December 16, 2012 at 08:33 PM
well then you tell me how taking away my ak47 which has never been used in a crime or never will be as long as I own it how it is going to stop these shootings, if a law passed that said I had to turn it in as a law abiding citizen I would, do you think a criminal is going to?
Barry Cullison December 16, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Keep on justifying murder. Here's your inner monologue, " Oh well some more kids were shot and there's a shooting EVERY week but that is the world that we must live in for me to feel secure. As long as I can strap on my sleek fresh smelling AK47 I can deny that there is a stinking rotting problem right under my nose." There are also deniers of the holocaust and global climate change. Shameful.
White Feather December 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Your stats, of which you have not one single one to validate your position are useless/meaningless. All they/you do is justify murder in your gun free victim disarmament zones by doing nothing realistic to stop the bad guys. If anti gun nuts refuse to acknowledge their version of help never prevents violence, then any statements, claims, misdirections, and lies are irrelevant to a viable solution. All you have to offer is fear of the innocents, always refusing to blame those actually responsible. You can cry, wail, and bellow all you wish, sane people are onto your the victim act when you never are the victim. You have no credibility, you have no facts, you have nothing to offer. We who have chosen to exercise our rights are sick of your incessant incorrect portrayal of what you unrealistically fear in your obvious demented state.
White Feather December 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Please seek help before you like your heroes go postal and kill more innocents as we know how dangerous those of the progressive ilk are. START repor Jan 2012 was presented to Homeland Security showing since 1970 how domestic terrorist acts 364 were committed by lefties like you versus 58 by right wingers. Lefties do indeed set the bar high as a rule being 7 times more violent than those they lamely and pathetically attempt to demonize. Barry reminds us of a great quote from Aldous Huxley...

The ... propagandist must ... be consistently dogmatic. All his statements are made without qualification, everything is either diabolically black or celestially white ... He must never admit that he might be wrong or that people with a different point of view might be even partially right. Opponents should not be argued with; they should be attacked, shouted down, or ... liquidated.
--Aldous Huxley (1894—1963) Barry is indeed the propagandist supreme!
Barry Cullison December 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Hey white ....I can't say it..... I am just saying we got a problem and seeing as how you don't care about a solution; that makes you part of the problem. Get over your victim hood gun owner. Boo Hoo. You have a solution let's hear it. All of your statements and stats are worthless justification for murder. This ain't about your convenient arguments that are passe and they obviously don't work. Wake up. If you are so filled with knowledge and understanding by your unique hobby; is this all you have to offer? Believe me. The more these murders continue the more the nation will start to wonder why you are yelling fire in a crowded theatre.
Budrick December 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM
swat teams have REAL assault rifles "full auto" what make them so g-d special, I can go to a shooting range and get just as much target shooting as they can, the only thing different is they took an oath. You need to get your head out of the clouds and start blaming the people who committed these horrible crimes and not the objects they used, because if you tell me this would have never happened if there was no gun, you are full of something. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people within 2 minutes without any guns, and he was in the UNITED STATES ARMY
Barry Cullison December 17, 2012 at 04:04 PM
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
White Feather December 17, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Fantastic, Barry is finally admitting he is part of the problem as his solutions never address those repsonisble for the violence. Glad to see your doctor has prescribed the right types and dosages of the mind numbing medications you need to function in a social setting in the real world.
White Feather December 17, 2012 at 04:39 PM
See, we arent the ones who are afraid of the law abiding gun owners, you are. So save your projectionism of your rampant stocklholme syndrome for those in the mental health profession. Others have presented many solutions, but since they dont affect the law abiding gun owners, you rant and rave and say that wont work. So lets repeat them. Force the BATF to prosecute more than 1% of those 1.83 mil felons caught by the background check since 1994. Force the BATF allow civilian access to the NICS background check for private sales. Force the medical profession and politicians to establish a valid mental health system. Force the Politicians to fund and resource the mental health reporting function to the NICS. Legalize illicit drugs so that the 30-40% in prison for drug crimes can be replaced by those who should be imprisoned for violent firearms offences. See how simple that is, actually addressing the people responsible for the violence. But no, you wont accept such logical solutions as they dont meet your primal need to tell others what they can or can not do. All your rants and raves are apparently justification that you wish to enable more disarmed victims to be killed, and protection of your criminal brothers as you have admitted you are a draft dodger and since you broke the law then, so we recognize that ingrained habits and chosen lifestyle like yours are hard habits to break.
Barry Cullison December 17, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Your tortured logic is over. We are disgusted with your fear. You need the gun, I don't. Yet all you can offer is that everyone should be armed. If that happened you'd crap your pants. Your ilk is finally being seen as the cowards that you have ALWAYS been. Why is your ilk so frightened by your world that you need your exotic killing toys for comfort. Check out how you obtain a gun in England tonto. I guarantee that an adolescent stunted brain such as yours would never own a gun. We see you now honcho. Well I have to get back to earth now. It stinks out here in fear land. I guess we CAN smell fear. We are coming for you the way the mob was looking for Frankenstien's monster. Were tired of your lame twisted logic and your whimpering and sniveling. You're not going to protect America from any enemy because you are the enemy. Your selfish and all children must eventually be educated. You are responsible for the violence because you refuse to address the problem with change in mind. Don't be afraid of the education, too. Geez. Don't get your feathers in a ruffle.
Budrick December 18, 2012 at 02:47 AM
you should look at Israel. They are putting MORE GUNS in SCHOOL!!! Israel's government officials have once again demonstrated a better grip on reality than have those in the United States when it comes to self-defense. In the mid-seventies, a terrorist attacked an Israeli school bus, murdering over 30 children. There ensued a national debate, with some Israelis unable to shake their socialist baggage brought from Europe. Namely, they assumed that the government would protect them. A majority of Israelis, however, found a compelling reason for putting guns in schools -- terrorists would get guns whether Jews were armed or not. As a result, schools in border areas, and school buses, were manned with gun-toting teachers or others assigned to be at the ready. As the terror attacks have escalated in Israel, a number of attempts have been thwarted when armed Israeli citizens shot and killed the terrorists. Seeking to have more of a good thing, the Israeli government announced plans to issue 40,000 more gun licenses to civilians according to the London Times. Even better, the government is giving away guns to teachers. If that works why not? and by the way those are REAL ASSAULT RIFLES!!!
Barry Cullison December 18, 2012 at 04:24 PM
STUPID.
White Feather December 18, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Poor barry, off your meds so soon, nothing factual or substantial enough to prove his position, yet again. Only ranting and demonization at the limited intellectual level he is capable of all while he wails in fear of his mythical boogeyman as others noted, afraid of what he cant see, much less prove to exist. Such a childish fear, such a childish attempt to blame those not responsible. Go back to mother Russia Barry, your mission here is a failure. Question though, is there a staute of limitations for being a draft dodger? You being a criminal and all figured you would know that!
Barry Cullison December 18, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Your ignorant denial is no longer an argument America wants to hear. Your childish gun hugging anxiety has finally borne the fruit that adults ALWAYS knew it would. All your facts all your stats all your macho stories will not save your fossilized life. They all add up to dead bodies that evidently you could care less about. It's the world you made so you can walk down the street holding yourself like Michael Jackson. You are from the party of lies and you continue to believe those lies. I don't have to do a thing to defeat you. You are doing it for me. I am so pleased. You are going to have to have sanity imposed upon you. I'm supposed to feel safe because ignorant uneducated irresponsible childish arses need to suck a pacifier? We did away with your wannabe dictator and now we turn to your ilk. Are you with us or against us?? We have plenty of stats to support our anger. You and your ilk are the only ones I have heard that can justify and condone murder. Until you deniers fess up to the fact that there is a problem... then yeah. These murders are on your head. When you get your head out of the sand; you will see that many of your leaders who used to share your ignorant stand, now question that stand. That takes some real guts. You are either on the bus or off the bus. Either way we got your back even though you don't deserve it.
White Feather December 18, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Poor barry, you really need to do something before all that hate and bile eat away at what little you have left for a brain as you have no logic, facts, or anything a sane person would recognize as a redeeming quality to garner support for your criminal fantasies. The communists sent people for re-education in the past, abused, tortured, starved to death or outright killed, based on barrys wanting to "educate" us, yeah, that sounds just like good old Stalin. You lefties sure are violent bunch when you dont get your way and people in their sanity steadfastly refuse to believe your bloodlust and violent tendencies of immorality appeal to anyone other than a sociopath, just like Stalin! Dasvadnya Komrade Barry, dont let the door hit you in the arse on your way to Siberia for failing your Motherland!
Barry Cullison December 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
You don't need to be re-educated. You need to be educated, period. Hey white trash, It's fun to watch you squirm and deny that you're wrong. Becoming a man can be a very painful experience for some ignorant zygotes. Unfortunately this great country has to/and can carry free loaders like you. The only thing we can depend on is change white face. Change is good unless you're a dinosaur with a feather in his beret.
Barry Cullison December 18, 2012 at 06:05 PM
White feather dances around his camp fire, “Fear Fear Fear Be afraid They are going to take OUR GUNSSSSS.. Ahhhhhh. Where IS the sanity??????? Ahhhh guns guns the musical fruit the more iI fear the more I shoot The more I shoot the better I feel so lets buy guns and pretend we FEEL.” Such a manly man.
Spyder Dalton December 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Guess what people? Pre-ban "Assault" weapons and I do mean "Assault" weapons with 30 round magazines and fully detachable magazines are still owned by gun enthusiasts in California that owned their guns before the ban and re-registered them after the ban as allowed by law! Tens of thousands of these weapons are out there. Not one has ever been used in an assault! Explain to me why you want to ban these weapons? Ask the parents of those children killed if they would rather have had those teachers armed with more than their bodies as a shield. No, I don't respond to brain dead liberal sociopaths that disregard facts as a method of argument... no matter how rude you get. I don't read them.
Spyder Dalton December 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
A LITTLE GUN HISTORY In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 191 7, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million. You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Spyder Dalton December 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM
http://www.humanevents.com/2012/12/16/armed-civilians-really-do-capture-kill-or-otherwise-stop-mass-shooters/ Read the facts and stop repeating propaganda... One day you liberals might realize lying, omitting facts, and shouting over your opponents don't make you right. It only serves to bring your ignorance to the spotlight. You are fooling only yourselves.
Spyder Dalton December 18, 2012 at 06:51 PM
http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2012/12/18/sowell-invincible-ignorance/?subscriber=1 read the facts...
Spyder Dalton December 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
When you use a shooting incident as an excuse to take away my right for self defense, you are defending their right to shoot me...
Spyder Dalton December 18, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Here's a statistical FACT....in mass shooting scenarios where an ARMED CITIZEN intervenes, death toll is 2.25 average....when citizens are NOT armed and have to wait for police response the body count is 18.25....If you doubt this, check the FBI Crime Statistics....and Portland had 2 deaths, while Sandy Hook Elementary suffered 26..... the FACTS do NOT LIE like the media does!
Barry Cullison December 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Like to justify murder do ya. Because all your facts and stats ain't working. So what do we do ???? Nothing???? Is nothing for you or me? Would a little change to make sure these killings stop really lower your testosterone levels? ARE DEAD CHILDREN OK WITH YOU??????? Put your stats where your mama never kissed you.
Spyder Dalton December 18, 2012 at 07:00 PM
If removing guns for self defensive purposes will stop shooters from killing people, then remove the locks on your doors from your homes so it will stop burglaries. Don't forget to put the "lock free zone" sign on your front lawn and see how that works for you!
Barry Cullison December 18, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Nobody wants your guns fool. We want the gun violence to stop. You phony heroes always spout if you had been there with your enhanced appendage that history would be different. GO TO HOLLYWOOD poser. I don't think removing guns would work either so find some other ignorant analogy. Hey is white feather and lash larue now a spyder? Or are all of you guys from the same fossil?
Budrick December 19, 2012 at 03:26 AM
F.B.I. STAT for 2010 total firearm murders 8,775 handguns 6,009 rifles 358 shotguns 353 other guns 96 firearms, type not stated 1,939 an assault rifle is a rifle but a rifle does not mean its an assault rifle. so out of almost 9,000 people you only care about a SELECT FEW HUNDRED????? So thoughtful of you!
Anabell Jones January 10, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Hmm no! How about people get a license to have a gun, like take a training course and teach gun safety http://www.airsplat.com/documents.asp?Link=airsoft-safety

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