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Friday, November 30, 2007

Falls Church Wants More Gun Control - Supports D.C. Gun Ban

Monday night, the Falls Church City Council adopted a “priority position” to ask the General Assembly to pass a law empowering local governments to pass their own gun control laws. The Falls Church City Council hopes the shift in control of the State Senate to Democrats will make it more likely that their wish will come true.

In a statement issued by the Council, the city officials said, “The City supports changes to state law to allow local governments to create a weapons-free environment in publicly owned facilities,” the Council statement said, noting that the position is supported regionally and is consistent with legislation Fairfax County pursued last year.

I've got some bad news for the folks in Falls Church. Even if they were successful in getting such a bill out of the State Senate (and I am not convinced that it would even with the new majority in the Senate), do they really think it will make it out of the House?

In a related action during the meeting, a member of the Council asked the City Attorney to draft an “amicus brief” from the City to support the District of Columbia’s gun ban as the case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court.

You can read more about the actions of the Falls Church City Council here.

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