Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New gun laws to help make Los Angeles safer

Today the City Council will consider a package of new gun laws that will help Los Angeles take another step toward being America's safest big city. These laws include a ban on the possession and sale of .50 caliber ammunition. You can see a .50 bullet in the photo to the right. LAPD's SWAT team uses these to stop vehicles because they will go through an engine block. To quote Chief Bratton: civilians have no need for this kind of ammunition.

Gun violence plagues too many of our Los Angeles neighborhoods. Just a few blocks from my house, there have been two gun-related homicides in the last 18 months. These new laws combined with other law enforcement and crime prevention efforts will make a positive impact in our communities.