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Council to take up resolution supporting assault weapons ban next week

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A resolution supporting federal efforts to re-institute a ban on assault weapons in light of recent mass shootings is scheduled to be introduced at a San Diego City Council meeting next week.

Councilman David Alvarez will propose the resolution at a meeting of the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee on Wednesday -- one day after the Senate Judiciary Committee could vote on several pieces of legislation dealing with guns, including a bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to put the ban, which expired in 2004, back into effect.

The resolution offered by Alvarez calls for the city of San Diego to support Feinstein's bill, along with proposed laws to prevent the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons, large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than 10 rounds.

Alvarez's proposed resolution also requests that California's congressional delegation back the measure, and asks the state to direct more money into mental health services.

"There is a need for the state of California to increase funding for mental health service programs and specific programs to screen and identify individuals at risk in order to provide interventions before violent acts occur," Alvarez wrote.

The councilman noted that the number of mass casualty shooting incidents has risen over the last 14 years, at the same time that the overall crime rate has fallen.

He said military-style weapons with large ammunition clips "are not necessary for sportsmen or home protection and constitute a demonstrated threat to the public."

Opponents to Feinstein's bill contend that it is vague and focuses on the appearance of weapons, not their functionality.

City councils in Chula Vista and Encinitas have recently passed resolutions supporting the proposed assault weapon ban.

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