Supervisors Ask Congress to Limit Assault Weapons

From today's Metro section:

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, citing the May 8 shooting death of Detective Vicky O. Armel, called yesterday on Congress to reinstate the ban on assault weapons it allowed to expire in 2004.

a href="http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/huntermill/">Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill), who sponsored the resolution, said, "We all understand that automatic weapons are weapons that shouldn't be in our community."

Hudgins initially asked that the board endorse passage of new legislation sponsored by Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) that would prohibit the sale or transfer of 50-caliber sniper rifles and require that such weapons currently in private collections be registered with the federal government.

But other board members said they were reluctant to endorse the Moran bill without a better understanding of what weapons should be banned. As a compromise, Hudgins agreed to a resolution calling for the return of the federal assault weapons ban, first passed in 1994.

-- Bill Turque and Jamie Stockwell

By  |  May 16, 2006; 11:28 AM ET  | Category:  Government
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