Mayor backs assault weapons ban
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says she backs a new assault weapons ban bill introduced by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
The bill would stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.
“We have too many guns in our communities and we must work together to get them off the streets,” Tisdahl said.
“I am grateful to see that Sen. Feinstein is introducing this bill not too long after the president and vice-president announced their simple solutions to this issue, which would require a background check for all gun sales; banning military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines; and placing additional resources in our schools and towards our mental health services.”
“This legislation will address two of the White House’s solutions to gun violence and I wholeheartedly support it," Tisdahl said, adding that the new regulations, if adopted, would help keep communities like Evanston safe.
Specifically, the bill would:
- Ban the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of 120 specifically-named firearms and certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, and shotguns;
- Ban large-capacity ammunition feeding devices, capable of accepting more than ten rounds;
- Strengthen the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and state bans;
- Protect legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment and exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting and sporting and antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons; and
- Require that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act; ban the transfer of grandfathered large-capacity ammunition feeding devices; establish a voluntary buy-back program for grandfathered assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices; and impose a safe storage requirement for grandfathered firearms.
The mayor also suggested residents participate in a social media campaign organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to support the bill by tweeting a message along the lines of: “I Stand with @usmayors and @SenFeinstein. Support the Ban on Assault Weapons Bill NOW! #MayorsStandWithFeinstein.”