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.

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

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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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