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Santa Monica Councilman Asks for Exploration of Ban on Ammunition

The Santa Monica City Council also holds a moment of silence to remember the victims of Friday's shooting.

Ammunition and weapons used by shooting suspect  John Zawahri in Santa MOnica on Friday, June 7, 2013. Photo Credit: Santa Monica Police
Ammunition and weapons used by shooting suspect John Zawahri in Santa MOnica on Friday, June 7, 2013. Photo Credit: Santa Monica Police
Santa Monica City Councilman Tony Vazquez said Tuesday he believes the city should explore a ban on ammunition following a deadly shooting rampage in the city.

"I don’t know if we have the authority or the power in the city to ban ammo, especially some of these clips," Vazquez said at Tuesday night council meeting. "I guess we still don't know where this individual was able to buy them, but I understand he was able to pick them up within the last five days."

He said he hopes the shooter was not able to purchase the ammunition in Santa Monica.

"I don’t know if there is anything we could do, but I'd like to see if we could at least direct the staff to look into that would ban ammo and especially these high powered rifles you see," Vazquez said. "While I know this is a tough issue at the federal level, what I think we should do is make a statement locally if we can."

Mayor Pam O'Connor said the city will likely explore the issue, and that she has joined Democratic Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

"Those kinds of things, we will certainly be looking at what we as an individual city can do," O'Connor said. The council also observed a moment of silence during the meeting to honor the victims of the shooting.

Police on Sunday identified the suspect, John Zawahri, who would have turned 24 Saturday. He was shot and killed by police in the campus library Friday.

Zawahri had as many as 20 ammunition clips, according to Santa Monica Police.

In May, the city of Los Angeles banned the possession of large-capacity ammunition clips within city limits.
Chris Hlad June 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Hmm. Banning ammunition is an interesting idea, but one that will be as effective as banning guns, which is to say it won't be effective at all. Clichés stick around so long because they happen to be true, and in this case the cliché of 'if the criminals want guns (or ammunition), they are going to find it' rings as true today as ever. The only real solution is banning the production of guns and ammunition, which of course isn't fair to our police or military. I don't think anybody reading this is going to see a real solution to this their lifetime. I propose designing a line of protective clothing made of Kevlar so that we can go to school, ride a bus or enjoy a movie with a much higher likelihood of surviving a random assault. Or stay indoors. No, scratch the staying indoors idea - an off course drone could take you out in your own backyard. I'm angered and sadden at the lack of any real solution to this epidemic.
Glenn E Grab June 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM
does anyone think that someone planning a shooting rampage or a gang member doing a drive-by shooting is worried about a gun or ammo law?...this young man gave all the signs of being an insane potential danger, but nobody did anything to stop him....''I blame the mental health system, not the Second Ammendmnt
wolf len June 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM
seems the city council does not know if you can buy ammo in santa monica..the last gun shop in santa monica closed many years ago. and no you cant ban it..regulate it so it becomes so expensive to purchase..now that you can do
Danielle Charney June 12, 2013 at 01:45 PM
yes- each bullet should be $1000- many humans and animals could live in peace then- I am for no guns- anywhere ever- for any reason
stewart resmer June 12, 2013 at 05:10 PM
No Jessica, it is NOT Democratic Mayors Against Illegal Guns, it is simply Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a non partisan coalition. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/home/home.shtml
Joanne June 15, 2013 at 05:54 PM
The mayor seems unable to commit to anything in a public forum, ie, "Mayor Pam O'Connor said the city will LIKELY explore the issue, and that she has joined (Democratic) Mayors Against Illegal Guns....again, if she discovers it's not called "DEMOCRATIC" Mayors against Illegal Guns that she can rescind her membership application?...and the beat goes on.....

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