Government
11:56 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Council Joins Mayor On Gun Control Stance

The Kansas City city council has joined the mayor in calling for tougher gun control laws. One focus is on controlling weapons like AK-47's and AR-15's.

On Wednesday, Sly James announced that he would be one of a group of mayors signing an open letter to President Obama and Congress calling for a ban on assault weapons and an elimination of loopholes in the American gun laws.

The following day, the city council unanimously endorsed sending a letter to Washington officials urging them to restore the federal ban on assault weapons.

Mayor James said even though local governments have no say-so over national leaders, such statements are important steps to take because, "Even if this is a symbolic gesture it's one worth taking because at some point in time we as leaders have to make our positions known."

The council also unanimously endorsed a national moment of silence honoring the victims of the Newtown tragedy at 8:30 Friday morning, December 22.