Tompkins County
New York


Resolution Urging the United States Congress to Enact a Law Mirroring Provisions of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017 that Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons and High Capacity Magazines


Department:Tompkins County LegislatureSponsors:Member Henry Granison
Category:Public Safety


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Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, Tompkins County is committed to the health and safety of students, school employees, and all residents, and


WHEREAS, it is Tompkins County's highest priority to create and maintain a respectful and healthy environment and the County is, therefore, committed to reduce gun violence and fatalities; doing so is necessary to helping all children thrive and remain safe at home, in school, and throughout life, and


WHEREAS, in 1994, Congress passed and President Clinton signed, the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, that banned the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms defined as assault weapons and certain ammunition magazines defined as large capacity in order to reduce crime and violence in the United States, and


WHEREAS, in 2004, the Act expired by operation of law and has not been renewed by Congress, and


WHEREAS, due to the expiration of the Act, assault weapons may be legally sold and purchased within many states, and


WHEREAS, since 1999, the number of mass shootings in schools, churches, and other public places has increased as the overall national crime rate has steadily declined, and


WHEREAS, in the last several years, mass shooting incidents involving assault-style weapons and high-volume magazines once banned by the Act have occurred in locations across the United States including Tucson, Arizona; Aurora, Colorado; Newtown, Connecticut; Clackamas, Oregon; Virginia Tech University; Las Vegas, Nevada; Orlando, Florida; and Parkland, Florida, and


WHEREAS, hundreds of innocent children and adults have been killed or injured in these incidents, and


WHEREAS, the use of semi-automatic, assault-style weapons equipped with large capacity magazines enables persons intent on committing mass murder to cause far more deaths and injuries than would be possible if such weapons and ammunition magazines were not available, and


WHEREAS, the people of Tompkins County mourn the loss of the 17 innocent people murdered on February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the deadliest school shooting since 2012, and


WHEREAS, the firearm used to murder and injure the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was an AR-15 semi-automatic assault style weapon equipped with high-capacity magazines, the same weapon used repeatedly in school shootings of students and teachers, and


WHEREAS, assault-style weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines are not suitable for civilian use of any type and constitute a demonstrated threat to the general public and law enforcement personnel, now therefore be it


              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Public Safety Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature urges the United States Congress to immediately enact a law mirroring the provisions of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, S.2095, as introduced in the United States Senate that prohibited the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,


RESOLVED, further, That the Clerk of the Legislature send copies of this resolution to Congressman Reed and to Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and request their support for the passage of the legislation.




Meeting History

Apr 4, 2018 3:00 PM  Public Safety Committee Regular Meeting
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MOVER:Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER:Shawna Black, Member
AYES:Henry Granison, Anna Kelles, David McKenna, Shawna Black
Apr 17, 2018 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting
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MOVER:Rich John, Member
SECONDER:Henry Granison, Member
AYES:Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Martha Robertson
NAYS:Michael Sigler
EXCUSED:Glenn Morey