WESTON, Conn. – Weston's leading Democrats are urging the federal government to ban assault weapons and restrict high-capacity magazines.
“In the wake of the massacre of the innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 and the thousands of firearm deaths in the USA every year, our nation has reached the tipping point for demanding stronger, meaningful federal firearms regulation,” the Weston Democratic Town Committee says.
In a resolution passed at its meeting Wednesday, Weston's Democrats called for a permanent ban on civilian ownership of assault weapons, strengthening gun registration laws, limiting the capacity of magazines and regulating ammunition sales. They also urged studies on the causes and ways to reduce gun violence without delaying enactment of new federal firearms regulations.
On Jan. 3, the Weston Board of Selectman proposed a town law that would ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, enforce safe storage of weapons and require registration of all firearms.
Bur Goode, a member of the Democratic Town Committee, said the group supports local efforts, “but we’re asking for federal legislation. If local ordinances are passed, someone can bring in guns from other towns, so we’re seeking broader legislation.”
More information on the Democratic Town Committee’s views on gun control can be found here.