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Weho Council Urges Stricter Gun Control

Council members pass a resolution in support of renewing Sen. Dianne Feinstein's federal legislation to ban assault weapons and large-capacity clips.

The West Hollywood City Council on Monday unanimously called on state and federal lawmakers to ban assault weapons and enhance existing gun-control laws.

"What we are really focusing on and Senator Feinstein is going to focus on is assault weapons," said Mayor Pro Tempore Abbe Land, who introduced the council resolution. "Unfortunately because of these horrible tragedies, we can hope that people will be willing to ban these horrible, horrible guns."

In 2004 Congress voted not to renew Sen. Dianne Feinstein's federal assault weapons ban legislation that became law in 1994. On Sunday the California Democrat vowed to make reinstituting the ban a priority for the new congressional session that starts in January.

Land and Councilman John Heilman referred to the need for improved access to mental health care as a key to preventing future violent incidents akin to the shootings last week at a Connecticut elementary school and a mall in Oregon.

"We have to make it OK to ask for help, and we have to make sure that the help is there," said Land, who also referred to the city's website which lists mental health care providers that the city contracts to assist West Hollywood residents.

"This small town in Connecticut could be our fine city—what a nightmare," Weho resident Yola Dore told the council. "As a former LAUSD employee, I looked at that situation and wondered if it could have been the very class in which I worked."

Dore urged swift action on moving Feinstein's semi-automatic weapons ban to passage.

Lee Walkup attended the council meeting wearing the green and white colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of last Friday's tragedy that killed 20 children and six school employees.

"These acts, whatever the cause, must not be repeated in the United States," Walkup said. "We the people, leaders of our communities, demand of our representatives at all levels that we deal with the problem of gun safety."

Walkup repeated the call to ban assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition clips.

The resolution touts West Hollywood's "extensive history of passing resolutions in support of gun control legislation, including the (federal assault weapons ban), adopting over a dozen resolutions supporting restricted access to firearms and enhancing existing gun control laws."

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me December 19, 2012 at 01:42 AM
i'm 100%l for gun control, but a little sick of meaningless resolutions from our city council....start with adopting some gun laws within our city and maybe, just maybe, it'll spread....make a bold move WEHO!!!...no, i'm not so naive to think people won't bring guns into the city from other places....DUH.....but pack "something" behind those words council!!!!!
Insider December 19, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Criminals prefer unarmed, defenseless victims.
JESS Kalinowsky Registered Voter December 19, 2012 at 08:53 PM
ZERO TOLERANCE for ANY KIND of Automatic weapon, and any kind of weapon that holds multiple cartridges. We live in an urban area, we are not in the wilderness protecting ourselves from Bears. Well not four legged bears anyway! West Hollywood residents cannot have anykind of automatic weapon in the City. Period! Visitors to the City have the same restrictions!
Ali December 20, 2012 at 05:23 AM
I am VERY sick of the meaningless resolutions from the city council. Agree with me on that one. Insider, is that the new NRA line? I've read it on many Yahoo discussion threads in the last few days. Jess, you sound like the typical lib demanding things be done his way or else! Calm down people. Our city council just made another meaningless statement. No reason to get your panties in a wad. Or in an argument about gun control.
George Martin December 20, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Actually, the City did pass a "Saturday Night Special" ban in 1996. Paul Koretz was a Councilmember at the time. Koretz's sole policy concerns at the time seemed to be semi-lofty social issues like guns, dogs, and smoking, paying scant attention to actually running a city with potholes, development, etc. The ban was rescinded in 2001 to conform with overriding County and State laws. However, I agree and do find resolutions against genocide in the latest international hotspot or mistreatment of LGBT's or women in some other backwater kind of silly and self-evident. What about Mom and apple pie day?

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