Grant Proposes Resolution Supporting Ban of Assault Weapons
In light of Newton massacre, Councilwoman Grant proposes a resolution supporting legislation banning the sale of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines to private citizens.
Emphasizing that there have been more than 70 mass shootings in the United States since January 2011, Councilwoman Hedy Grant proposed a resolution to reduce gun violence in the United States by banning the sale, use and transfer of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines to private citizens.
Grant's resolution is in support of federal legislation on gun safety reform that includes the sale of high-capacity magazines. Grant contends that if the Supreme Court makes distinctions with respect to types of speech under the First Amendment, then it should also make distinctions among types of weapons under the Second Amendment.
The resolution would affirm that the Mayor and Council of New Milford support the efforts of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senators Menendez and Feinstein and The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to take measures to protect the health and safety of the public from gun violence by banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and by enacting other measures to protect the health and safety of the public from gun violence.
Mayor Ann Subrizi said that aside from any military use she's "totally opposed" to assault weapons and magazines for personal use.
Regarding the Newton-Sandy Hook massacre, Subrizi said, "However, I work in the mental health field and I feel that the school system failed that young man."
Stressing that she is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, protecting the rights of citizens to bear and keep arms, Subrizi said that she is in support of Grant's resolution because she can "no longer support the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines" to private citizens.
Given that the Sandy Hook massacre involved guns that were legally obtained, but landed in the hands another member of the household reported to be struggling with mental illness, Councilman Dominic Colucci requested that the resolution include that background checks be extended into households.
Borough Attorney Marc Leibman said that although the borough can pass an ordinance that includes that language, state law mandates what background checks can be done.
It was agreed by all members that the Mayor and Council address this resolution at their next meeting.
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