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LA councilman proposes ban on possession of high-capacity magazines

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A Los Angeles City Councilman wants to ban the possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines.

One day before President Obama is set to announce new gun control measures, the city of Los Angeles is looking to tighten its own laws by banning the possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines.

California state law prohibits the sale and manufacturing of high-capacity magazines, but the law does not specifically ban possession. A motion from Councilman Paul Krekorian asks the City Attorney’s Office and Los Angeles Police Department to report back on how a ban could be implemented. 

“This gap in the law threatens public safety, because on the streets of Los Angeles, high-capacity magazines pose a daily threat to our citizens and police officers,” Krekorian wrote in his motion.

The Public Safety Committee will consider the motion.

The president is scheduled to speak Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. PT. It was just one month ago that a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, killing 20 children and six adults. 

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