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Tucson City Council passes resolution urging ban of bump stocks

Posted at 10:41 PM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-25 03:06:52-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) The Tucson City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday urging state and federal lawmakers to take action on bump-fire stocks or allow city leaders to enact gun laws.

This comes after 58 people died and hundreds were injured in a shooting in Las Vegas on October 2nd. Investigators believe the shooter Stephen Paddock had used bump stocks when he fired into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

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The resolution was introduced by Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik who says he wants to get the conversation going not just on gun control laws, but on local decision-making.

"Our constituents elect us. We represent Tucson values," Kozachik said. "We ought to be passing local ordinances that reflect the wishes of our constituents." 

According to city leaders, they do not have the power to ban bump stocks or enact their own gun laws. When drafting the resolution council members say they were careful to avoid potential legal battles and penalties from the state.


Earlier this year the Arizona State Supreme Court ruled a Tucson gun destruction ordinance was in violation of state law.

DETAILS: Tucson will not fight state over gun destruction.

Among the crowd at the meeting Tuesday were members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Patricia Maisch, who survived the January 8th shooting, was also there to show support for the council resolution. 

Council Member Karin Uhlich suggested coming up with some kind of legislative scorecard to keep track of preemption laws and which way lawmakers vote. It would be way to keep the issue it in front of everyone, Uhlich said.

Kozachik says he has been working with state lawmakers on gun legislation and local control issues. 

KGUN9 streamed the city council meeting on Facebook and got reaction from viewers. 

Karla Alvarado-Joyce called bump stocks "just an addition to a rifle... that's about it..." Penny Hines commented, "Not sure this will stop mass shootings because they will just use something else."

Here is a link to read the city council resolution