This resolution just passed this evening.Prov. City Council wants action on guns
Proposal calls on lawmakers to pass gun control
Updated: Thursday, 03 Jan 2013, 1:58 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 03 Jan 2013, 12:51 PM EST
By James O'Leary
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Providence City Councilors are calling for a city-wide ban on semi-automatic weapons.
The resolution expresses the council's support for a ban on the sale, use, and possession of semi-automatic firearms in Providence. It also calls on the General Assembly to introduce legislation that would give cities and towns the power to regulate firearms.
“Banning semi-automatic firearms is a public safety imperative,” Council Majority Leader Seth Yurdin said in a news release. "We cannot wait for another tragedy, another senseless loss of life, before we act.”
Council members Carmen Castillo, Wilbur Jennings, Sabina Matos, David Salvatore, and Samuel Zurier are co-sponsors of the measure.
The Council's resolution cites several gun statistics to justify its action -- including the fact 14 of the city's 17 homicides in 2012 involved a firearm.
The Council will debate the proposal at its meeting on January 3, at 7:00 p.m.