2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN/LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION CLIP IMPORTATION BAN

WHEREAS, gun manufacturers have for many years made, marketed and sold to civilians slightly modified versions of military assault weapons designed with features specifically intended to increase lethality for military applications; and

WHEREAS, the availability of these military assault weapons has enabled violent criminals to commit countless devastating crimes including schoolyard massacres, bank robberies, serial sniper attacks, police ambushes and innumerable others that threaten the peace of our communities and the safety and security of our citizens and our law enforcement personnel; and

WHEREAS, the United States Congress in 1994, recognizing the grave threat to public safety posed by the continued availability to civilians of military assault weapons, banned the manufacture and sale of military assault weapons; and

WHEREAS, the ban does not cover firearms designed for hunting or other legitimate sporting uses; and

WHEREAS, it was the intent of the Congress in 1994 to remove from the civilian marketplace both specific military assault weapons and similar firearms with features particularly suited to military applications; and

WHEREAS, since 1994 many gun manufacturers have ignored the spirit of the law, exploiting several loopholes by making small modifications to banned guns while retaining the key military features that defined those guns as assault weapons; and

WHEREAS, the federal ban on military assault weapons, which was enacted on September 13, 1994, contained a sunset provision providing for the automatic repeal of the ban ten years following that date, or September 13, 2004; and

WHEREAS, the sunset date is fast approaching while gun violence, which experienced a brief decline in recent years, is once again on the rise; and

WHEREAS, as a result of the 1994 assault weapons ban, domestic manufacturers are prohibited from manufacturing or selling new high capacity clips (except for a limited number of clips for police, military, and nuclear plant protection use); and

WHEREAS, the 1994 high capacity clip ban did not apply to foreign magazines, and between September of 1994 and December of 2000, 47.3 million large clips were approved for importation for civilian use, from 50 different countries,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the United States Congress and the Administration to renew the federal ban on military assault weapons and to close loopholes that have allowed gun manufacturers to continue to design, manufacture, market and sell to civilians military assault weapons; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that assault weapon ban reauthorization contain a large capacity ammunition clip import ban consistent with the domestic ban on large ammunition magazines.