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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 Tuesday.

"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."

rob vanasco January 09, 2013 at 08:51 PM
If you think you are in a free country..just tell yourself that as you are forced let some pot bellied pig stick his hand down your wife's pants before she gets on an airplane. You embody the 'slave mentality'
Todd Moriarty January 09, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Agreed!!!
Todd Moriarty January 09, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Agreed!
Todd Moriarty January 09, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Excellent John!!!
Todd Moriarty January 09, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Agreed!!!
John Wesly Hardin IV January 09, 2013 at 09:17 PM
David my friend, I have forgotten more about guns then you will ever know. I never said AR stood for an 'assault rifle' thats the name- sory if I insulted you with the Rush comment, I can understand that, but as for the people handling everything, sorry no more wild west- ALSO as of yesterday the offilcal position is he used an AR-15 & left a semi-auto shotgun in his car. In the end, the corner's report will reveal what he used, I agree in personal responsibility & parenthood, but when I see people changing diapers & throwing them in the gutter & abusing kids then government steps in, those seeking to run their own life, fee of gov't should move to Alaska wilderness where they can hunt for food & carry a gaff, or shoot wolves & bears from helicopters, now that is progress.....
Earle Hartling January 09, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Yes, I know AR stands for Armalite, the weapons manufacture and is a civilian version of the military's M-16. Are David and Rob trying to say it isn't an "assault rifle"? As for its use at Sandy Hook, I found these reports, so it's not just my as talking: "In addition to the earplugs, Lanza wore all black beneath a military-style vest stuffed with 30-round clips for his Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle" the Hartford Courant. "A Welsh-based firm is advertising a Ruger SR-22 semi-automatic as a “clone” of an AR-15, the gun loner Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people." The London Sun. "Lanza apparently sprayed two classrooms at the school with relentless fire from a semi-automatic assault rifle." CBSNews.com "An AR-15 type assault weapon was among the guns authorities believe suspect Adam Lanza stole from his mother to use in the massacre of 20 school children and six adults at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14." Bangor (Maine) Daily News. "The massacre in Connecticut that's taken the lives of at least 26 people was reportedly perpetrated with a .223 caliber rifle, a Glock pistol and a Sig Sauer pistol, according to NBC. The shooter was using one Sig Sauer and one Glock pistol, according to CNN. Later details emerged that the primary weapon was the Bushmaster 'assault-style' rifle." businessinsider.com Apparently, I'm not the only one who's confused.
Jock January 09, 2013 at 09:58 PM
How many of you think civilians should be able to purchase complete military body armor ? There is no agreement on even what constitutes a high capacity assault weapon here. None of these monsters has gone full auto, not even in Norway where a similarly armed man killed 71. The tape of Aurora counts 27 rounds in 30 seconds. That may be a clue. I have my opinions (like .223 and 7.62X39 were invented to be military rounds for lower recoil than 30-06 or 7.62X54 for control at full auto and are basically inadequate as hunting rounds. That AR-15 is not a great and sane home defense weapon unless you are trying to kill the people in the next apartment while missing the guy 10' away), but lets leave that aside.Can you think of a reason anyone should have full body armor and .223 with a 30 round banana clip ? Do you sit home waiting for someone to break in and then say "Hold on ! I need to put on my body armor" or do you go out everywhere as the Michelin man ? Paranoid delusions of battling an army of our own citizens armed with AR and armor is not worth these children's lives.
Scott Killeen January 09, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Get a clue Ridley! "We must recommit ourselves to the principle of non-violence." FYI- you idiot, the law abiding citizens always have be committed to non-violence!
Peace Pilgrim January 09, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Obama is the greatest gun salesman in the world. Record numbers of guns and ammo are being snapped up by the public. This is the irony of wanting more gun control. How does it feel to want?
David R January 09, 2013 at 11:18 PM
John- I am sure you have forgotten more about firearms than me, I never claimed to be an expert. sorry for the confusion, it was Earle that said AR stood for assault rifle. It looks like he did some research and corrected himself. I agree that law enforcement needs to step in when there is abuse but we also need to change the dynamic in our society so people know what is acceptable behavior and what isn't. We are too easy on criminals and crappy parents. Our country is more divided now than ever before and the sad thing is that it's over Right or Left not Right or Wrong. No matter what weapon was used in Sandy Hook, it was still a tragedy but one that would not have been prevented by more gun control. I also know quite a few gun owners and CCW holders that are trained better than the majority of LEO's and have cooler tempers. Move to Alaska and hunt from a helicopter? kinda like they do on the Channel Islands for goats and boar? Since I don't live in Alaska does that mean that the government has the right to dictate my freedoms or impose their beliefs upon me? My parents taught me right from wrong and something called manners, not the government. too bad the majority of people I encounter on a daily basis do not know what manners or courtesy is.
concernedneighbor January 10, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Two words for you - Zombie Apocalypse!!!
Ben Dover January 10, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Earle- The AR in AR-15 stands for ArmaLite, That is the company that originally manufactured that gun.
Ben Dover January 10, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Next they are going to try to Ban the Military since he was wearing military body armor........
Chris January 10, 2013 at 02:36 AM
The AR-15 is the modern day musket! A .22 cal rifle can fit the definition of an assault weapon according to Sen. Frankenstein! Wake up folks, the 2nd amendment is a RIGHT, like it or not. Think about it, crime is at its lowest levels since the 1950's yet our treasonous media manipulates the dialogue in such a way that people like Earle are begging the gov't to take away our RIGHTS! How absurd is that? May I suggest to Earle, and others, if you really want to take away America's guns then to to do it through the proper channels. That would be by "either the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures." Do not try to change the Constitution via fiat or for convenience.
David R January 10, 2013 at 04:41 AM
and here is a little something for your viewing pleasure http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRJ0ls_W9XM&sns=em
Todd Moriarty January 10, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Thanks David!!! Lies and liars are accepted like stated in Romans 1 of the New Testament. Not only do they know that they are lying, but approve of the lies.
second amendment guy January 10, 2013 at 06:57 AM
Next thing you know Obama is going to ban sling shots........
Daniel January 10, 2013 at 07:27 AM
If you are the one who wants to take away our guns. Then the next time someone armed with an ILLEGAL gun shoots up somewhere hopefully they kill the right person YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These laws you so badly would like passed only put INNOCENT people at risk. Criminals will always find a gun. There are so many ILLEGAL guns in circulation it is impossible to get them off the street. Firearms are not only produced in the u.s they are manufactured around the world. And if you believe that after our guns are taken away these guns will not find they way into the u.s you are dumber than I thought. this your government cannot stop this I promise you. Do they prevent cocaine haroine and a handfull of other narcotics to COME HERE FROM OVER SEAS!! they cannot!!! Now please take your own advice use common sense!!!!! PLEASE!! Let me protect my family!!!!!
Anthony Wayne January 10, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Bill, the whole idea behind our "great experiment of Constitutional Republic" and the rules of law associated with those ideas, was unequivocally designed and crafted to empower the citizens with the tools necessary to prevent government encroachment upon our citizens, not the other way around. "When people fear the government there is tyranny, when government fears the people there is Liberty". The discounting of this way of thinking is responsible for most of the problems we face today. The last one hundred years have been a steady decline for America for just that reason. Many today actually believe the government is the solution. Nothing could be further from reality. Our parents and grand
Anthony Wayne January 10, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Bill, the whole idea behind our "great experiment of Constitutional Republic" and the rules of law associated with those ideas, was unequivocally designed and crafted to empower the citizens with the tools necessary to prevent government encroachment upon our citizens, not the other way around. "When people fear the government there is tyranny, when government fears the people there is Liberty". The discounting of this way of thinking is responsible for most of the problems we face today. The last one hundred years have been a steady decline for America for just that reason. Many today actually believe the government is the solution. Look at who they elect to lead. Nothing could be further from reality. Only with a rethink of the basic role of government can our Republic be saved. More government is not the answer.
David January 13, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I'm sorry but this is truly laughable.A gun is an inanimate object.By itself it cannot discharge a bullet.It needs a human to hold said weapon to pull the trigger. Instead of banning assault weapons lets think about the people mainly Christians who are using said weapons against us citizens.The Christian religion should be investigated as to why it tends to be the most immoral religious faith in the United States.In California there are approximate 2 million men and women incarcerated in our prison system,and 75% of those incarcerated are Christians.Other religion faiths make up the rest and atheists only make up two tenths of one percent who are in prison. In Scandinavian countries where only 14%of the population attend church,crime is less prevalent.
nonoise January 13, 2013 at 04:32 PM
David, those are great questions. And, how many of those so-called christians are "catholic"? The same religion that wants to control when you go to the bathroom, who you vote for, who you marry, how many kids you have, how many church bells you are forced to hear, ect, ect. And, the moment they walk out of their church they take their fake mask off and go back to their bad behavior. David, Interesting post.
Cece Stein January 13, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Whatever side of the second amendment you are on, the stats in studies shown in the link below should be part of the conversation. http://www.infowars.com/statistics-prove-more-guns-less-crime/
Dan Crandell January 13, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Say WHAT ??? ... Not even close to true. Where did these so called STATS come from? Sound like Muslim Brotherhood killing points. Hate America First. Is that where you are David?
Niles Akbar January 13, 2013 at 05:49 PM
David and nonoise, both of your comments about Christians and Catholics are offensive. Let's see you make the same comments about Jews and Muslims on this page and see what it gets you. Testa de cazzo!
Hugo R. Ajanel January 13, 2013 at 08:31 PM
This man nonoise has no clue.
Hugo R. Ajanel January 13, 2013 at 08:32 PM
David is clueless, Ignorance is bliss.
Hugo R. Ajanel January 13, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Erick Holder should be in Jail, for giving guns to criminals.
cjc January 26, 2013 at 07:45 PM
The proposed weapons listed in this ban are not by definition Military Assault rifles. True Military assault rifles are select fire (fully automatic) rifles which are already illegal to own by the majority of the public. The proposed ban lists for the most part semi-automatic medium caliber sporting rifles used legally and responsibly by millions of law abiding citizens. If the politicians need to resort to lie even about the mere simple definitions of the weapons listed then even they realize this proposed ban is more about control and limiting personal freedoms. It is not common knowledge but Senator Feinstien herself had a concealed weapons permit that would allow her to carry a handgun. Why is it ok for some elites to be armed for personal protection but not the common public if trained and vetted properly. Even the Department of Homeland Security has stated that an AR-15 sporting style rifle is highly suitable for personal defense. Whatever your thoughts on this proposed ban, I suggest people do some research into what this ban really is about and the facts behind gun violence. The politicians only hope is that we remain ignorant and emotional. www.assaultweapon dot info

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