City Council pushes for resolution to gun violence

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and several City Council colleagues are calling for federal and state action to take immediate, specific steps to curb gun violence in the wake of the tragic shooting at a Connecticut school last week.

"In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut, public support for stricter gun laws is sharply rising. Citizens support common sense reasonable requirements on the purchase and ownership of guns. The time for hand wringing is past. The time for platitudes is past. We are calling on President Obama and Governor Kasich to work with us to and protect our citizens," Qualls said.

The actions called for in the council resolution introduced by Qualls are based on specific steps recommended by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, including:

  • Confirmation of a new permanent director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). The position has been vacant for six years;
  • Department of Justice prosecution of those who fail gun background checks after lying on the form (a felony under current federal law);
  • Lift  the gag order on the Tiarht amendment, so that the public is aware of gun traffickers;
  • Passage of federal legislation, the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011 (S. 436), which would require a criminal background check for all gun sales, including private and online sales;
  • Restoration of the ban on deadly, military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which were previously banned under the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004; and
  • Passage of legislation to make gun trafficking a felony.

Qualls was joined at the press conference by City Council members Laure Quinlivan, Chris Seelbach, Cecil Thomas and Wendell Young.

"We must begin somewhere. These proposed measures will not end gun violence overnight, but they will move us toward a path of critical change. If new gun legislation can save one life, our efforts will not be in vain," Qualls concluded.

The resolution will be voted on at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

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