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LA Board Of Supervisors Support Federal Ban On Assault Weapons

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to support the reinstatement of a 1994 federal ban on assault weapons in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said that the board should agree to support a re-authorization of the ban, which expired in 2004, until they’re able to review Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s new bill on the issue on Jan. 22.

The board voted to send letters to the mayors of all the cities in LA County about Feinstein’s legislation.

The creation of a local task force, made up of law enforcement and mental health officials, was also approved by the board as part of a public safety review brought by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The group’s main goal would be to create a plan to stop gun violence in Los Angeles.

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