City of Providence

Resolution
23713
Read and Passed
Mar 21, 2019 7:00 PM

H.R. 1296 and Senate Bill 66

Information

Department:City CouncilSponsors:Councilman David A. Salvatore
Category:*Resolution

Item Discussion

Resolution Endorsing and Urging Passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of S.66 and the proposed H.R. 1296, Assault Weapons Ban of 2019.

Document Comments

WHEREAS, Representative David Cicilline (D-RI-1) introduced H.R.1296 Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 on February 15, 2019 and cosponsored by Representative James Langevin (D-RI-2); and

 

WHEREAS, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S.66 Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 on January 9, 2019 and cosponsored by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); and

 

WHEREAS, Passage of these bills would regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited and for other purposes; and

 

WHEREAS, Introduction of this legislation is a response to mass shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada (October 2018), Sutherland Springs, Texas (October 2018), Parkland, Florida (February 2018); and other mass shootings in United States history; and

 

WHEREAS, This Act may be cited as the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2019”; and

 

WHEREAS, The act bans the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name; and

 

WHEREAS, The act bans any assault weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock; and

 

WHEREAS, The act bans magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition, which allow shooters to quickly fire many rounds without needing to reload; and

 

WHEREAS, These weapons of mass destruction are meant for use on the battlefield of war and are designed to kill as efficiently as possible; and

 

WHEREAS, These weapons do not have no place in a civilized society; and

 

WHEREAS, The increased availability of these weapons are a threat to the public’s safety and first responders including children and police personnel; and

 

WHEREAS, The act exempts by name more than 2,200 guns for hunting, household defense or recreational purposes including a grandfather clause that exempts all weapons lawfully possessed at the date of enactment; and

 

WHEREAS, Provisions of the legislation include: requiring a background check on any future sale, trade or gifting of an assault weapon covered by the act; requiring grandfathered assault weapons are stored using a secure gun storage or safety device like a trigger lock; prohibition of the transfer of high-capacity ammunition magazines and bans bump-fire stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at fully automatic rates; and

 

WHEREAS, The ban will update the Assault Weapons Bill of 2017; and

 

WHEREAS, The Providence City Council is committed to the safety of its residents and visitors, while fostering a safe, nurturing environment for the children of Providence that attend our schools and for all people in public spaces.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That The Providence City Council hereby supports and urges the members of the United States Congress to support H.R. 1296 sponsored by Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island and S.66 sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California; and 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That, upon passage, copies of this resolution be sent to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12), Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI-1, RI), Congressman James Langevin (D-RI-2), Majority Leader of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

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WHEREAS, Representative David Cicilline (D-RI-1) introduced H.R.1296 Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 on February 15, 2019 and cosponsored by Representative James Langevin (D-RI-2); and

WHEREAS, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced S.66 Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 on January 9, 2019 and cosponsored by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); and

WHEREAS, Passage of these bills would regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited and for other purposes; and

WHEREAS, Introduction of this legislation is a response to mass shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada (October 2018), Sutherland Springs, Texas (October 2018), Parkland, Florida (February 2018); and other mass shootings in United States history; and

WHEREAS, This Act may be cited as the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2019”; and

WHEREAS, The act bans the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name; and

WHEREAS, The act bans any assault weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock; and

WHEREAS, The act bans magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition, which allow shooters to quickly fire many rounds without needing to reload; and

WHEREAS, These weapons of mass destruction are meant for use on the battlefield of war and are designed to kill as efficiently as possible; and

WHEREAS, These weapons do not have no place in a civilized society; and

WHEREAS, The increased availability of these weapons are a threat to the public’s safety and first responders including children and police personnel; and

WHEREAS, The act exempts by name more than 2,200 guns for hunting, household defense or recreational purposes including a grandfather clause that exempts all weapons lawfully possessed at the date of enactment; and

WHEREAS, Provisions of the legislation include: requiring a background check on any future sale, trade or gifting of an assault weapon covered by the act; requiring grandfathered assault weapons are stored using a secure gun storage or safety device like a trigger lock; prohibition of the transfer of high-capacity ammunition magazines and bans bump-fire stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at fully automatic rates; and

WHEREAS, The ban will update the Assault Weapons Bill of 2017; and

WHEREAS, The Providence City Council is committed to the safety of its residents and visitors, while fostering a safe, nurturing environment for the children of Providence that attend our schools and for all people in public spaces.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That The Providence City Council hereby supports and urges the members of the United States Congress to support H.R. 1296 sponsored by Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island and S.66 sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That, upon passage, copies of this resolution be sent to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12), Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI-1, RI), Congressman James Langevin (D-RI-2), Majority Leader of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

 

Meeting History

Mar 21, 2019 7:00 PM Audio/Video City Council Regular Council Meeting
draft Draft

Read and Passed, on Motion of COUNCILWOMAN RYAN, Seconded by COUNCILWOMAN HARRIS.

RESULT:READ AND PASSED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Jo-Ann Ryan, Councilwoman
SECONDER:Mary Kay Harris, Councilwoman
AYES:Sabina Matos, Helen D. Anthony, Luis A. Aponte, Carmen Castillo, Michael J. Correia, Mary Kay Harris, John J. Igliozzi, Katherine A. Kerwin, Nirva R. LaFortune, Rachel M. Miller, Nicholas J. Narducci, Jo-Ann Ryan, David A. Salvatore, James E. Taylor, Seth Yurdin