Krekorian Introduces Motion to Seek Study that Could Lead to Ban of High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines

The city councilman is responding to the North Hollywood shootout and other incidents.

Councilmember Paul Krekorian Tuesday introduced a motion Tuesday that could lead to a ban on the possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines within the city of Los Angeles.

In his motion, the Councilmember, a member of the Public Safety Committee, referenced both the North Hollywood shootout 16 years ago in which two heavily armed gunmen stormed a local bank and attempted to overpower an outgunned LAPD and the Newtown, Connecticut massacre that took the lives of 26 children and adults. In both instances, a high powered high assault rifle was used.

"While high-capacity magazines are not the cause of gun violence, they do make such tragic cases far more deadly," he said.

Currently, state law bans the sale of high-capacity magazines but not the possession of such clips. 

"This gap in the law threatens public safety, because on the streets of Los Angeles, high-capacity magazines pose a daily threat to our citizens and police officers," Councilmember Krekorian said. 

The motion by Councilmember Krekorian asks the City Attorney, the Chief Legislative Analyst and the Police Department to report on "the feasibility, effectiveness and benefits of an ordinance to prohibit the possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines within the City of Los Angeles."

The motion will next be heard in the Public Safety Committee before it returns to the full Council for consideration. The motion is attached.

Leigh Datzker January 17, 2013 at 03:20 AM
You cannot have a law that covers one class of people like civilians, while the law ignores other citizens who happen to be in law enforcement or other public duties who then can possess hi capacity magazines. You cannot make something illegal that was once legal..that is called an ex post facto law, banned by out Constitution.
Alex White January 17, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Hardly. The message is clear, if but a metaphor. Take care of the pressing matters first, the ones which affect the residents daily-- as in clean up your own backyard first before you start trying to scrub the entire city on a political whim.
Alex White January 17, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Good points. America embraces a culture of violence, just like Russia. Excluding the military, Russian citizens are mainly disarmed, except for security guards, Para-military and the police. Oh, and criminals of course. They have no moral social code. They're criminals! Yet, Russia still has a significantly high homicide rate. The weapons chosen are ones of convenience-- kitchen utensils, knives, hammers, and hatchets. The most common cause of murder in Russia is domestic violence. On the other hand, America promotes-accepts-institutes violence on many different levels. One factor is the media, television, and Hollywood. They love violent themes and violent topics. Murder and mayhem sells. Likewise, many Americans are raised to solve their problems using tactics of intimidation, threats, bullying, hatred, and eventually violence. It is America's "Culture of Violence" which must be altered before any significant steps toward a peaceful society will stick. It will be a generational shift, not an instantaneous one. And, it will not be accomplished by disarming, de-magazining, de-bulleting. It will be accomplished by education and strict punitive sanctions for "unlawful" violators. Otherwise, we are letting a handful of "mentally unstable" individuals control our future. Are the patients running the Insane Asylum? It appears so. The reality is that criminals will always be here. Find them. Arrest them. Punish them. Severely. And leave the law abiding, rational Americans alone.
Bill Wentz January 17, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Well said. It's just tacky to use a recent tragedy to bring up a 16 year old crime as a reason for passing a law now. If it wasn't a good reason 16 years ago, it's not one now.
Skraeling January 17, 2013 at 09:18 PM
And, what "leadership" would that be? LA city and County have designed governmental systems guaranteed to promote corruption and incompetence with no one person having responsibility for much.....


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