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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Council to Consider Resolution Calling for Citywide Ban on Semi-Automatic Firearms Tonight

A citywide ban on all types of semi-automatic firearms, and state enabling legislation to give Providence the legislative ability to prohibit such firearms, are recommendations included in a resolution that will be introduced at the City Council’s first meeting of 2013 on Thursday, January 3rd.

Council Majority Leader Seth Yurdin (Ward 1) is the lead sponsor of the proposal, which is co-sponsored by Councilwoman Carmen Castillo (Ward 9), Councilman Wilbur Jennings (Ward 8), Councilwoman Sabina Matos (Ward 15), Councilman David Salvatore (Ward 14), and Councilman Samuel Zurier (Ward 2). The resolution expresses support for a ban on the sale, use, and possession of semi-automatic firearms in Providence, and urges the General Assembly to reintroduce legislation that would give cities and towns the authority to regulate firearms.

Yurdin said that changes in gun laws are overdue. “Banning semi-automatic firearms is a public safety imperative,” he said. “We cannot wait for another tragedy, another senseless loss of life, before we act.”

WHO: Providence City Council, Members of the Public

WHAT: Resolution in Support of a Ban on Semi-Automatic Weapons, City Council Meeting

WHEN: at 7 p.m.

WHERE: City Council Chambers, Third Floor, Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street