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City attorney voices support for federal task force on gun violence

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City Attorney Carmen Trutanich sent a letter to the vice president Wednesday, voicing his support for the reauthorization of a ban on assault weapons.

President Barack Obama announced a new task Wednesday to address the issue of gun violence, and Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich wants the federal government to know he supports that work.

In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, the city attorney noted that he and the state attorney general continue to send letters to Angelenos who buy guns, reminding them of their duty to report lost or stolen firearms. A federal grant pays for the letter program; it was in place before last week’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

 “Our goal is to make sure that gun owners know that they must store their guns safely, keep them locked up and away from children, and if the gun is to be sold or if it is stolen, the sale or theft must be reported,” Trutanich wrote in the letter.

The city attorney also supports the reauthorization of a federal ban on assault weapons and a ban on large magazine clips.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer is running against Trutanich for city attorney. He penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post, urging all parents to call for stricter gun laws. 

“There should also be broad agreement about enhancing school safety, both on-campus and in surrounding neighborhoods, with a focus on keeping weapons away from places that should be safe sanctuaries,” Feuer wrote. “Recent calls to broaden access to mental health services should elicit bipartisan consensus.” 

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