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Supervisors vote 4-1 to support assault weapons ban

Antonovich votes against measure

Posted: January 29, 2013 5:08 p.m.
Updated: January 29, 2013 5:07 p.m.

Los Angeles County supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to give support to California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposed assault weapons ban.

As part of the vote, the supervisors will send letters to mayors of each of the cities in Los Angeles County urging them to support the bill as well.

Supervisors had previously voted Jan. 8 to support Feinstein’s then-proposed legislation to renew the expired ban on assault weapons. The latest vote gives official approval to the actual bill, which has since been introduced to the U.S. Senate.

The bill, known as the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, has two primary goals. It aims to prohibit the sale, manufacture, transfer or importation of roughly 157 of the most commonly owned military-style assault weapons.

The bill would also ban additional assault weapons that can accept a detachable magazine.

The second major provision of the bill is a ban on magazines or ammunition-feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Feinstein was one of the architects of the original U.S. ban on assault weapons in 1994. That ban expired in 2004.
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich was the lone dissenting vote on the motion.
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