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Gun Control and Safety Measures

Posted on September 13, 2019


Back in August, in response to ongoing and pervasive gun violence, Mayor Phillips ordered the City’s flags to be lowered to half-staff. After a period of time, the Mayor directed that the flags be returned to full-staff and that the City carefully review all available policy and program actions that the City may take to address gun violence. While the U.S. Constitution protects the right to bear arms, and although federal and state laws preempt most areas of gun control, local governments do have some authority to regulate guns and ammunition. At Monday’s meeting, staff will present to the City Council a general overview of existing federal and state gun control laws and identify the scope of gun control policies allowable to local governments. Additionally, this presentation will introduce policy and program options, such as gun safe storage laws, gun buyback programs, and legislative advocacy, that the City Council may take action on.


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