West Chester officials call for gun legislation

by Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 1/21/13

WEST CHESTER – Responding to the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., borough officials have taken aim at current gun laws by passing a resolution calling for new legislation.

The 3-page resolution, brought to council by Mayor Carolyn Comitta, highlights three areas of action: the passage of the Fix Gun Checks Act, which would require a background check for every gun sale and ensure that all criminals and other dangerous people who are prohibited from buying a gun are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; passage of legislation that would keep military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines off the streets; and legislation that would make gun trafficking a federal crime.

Comitta and council supported the resolution because of its balanced approach to gun legislation.

“This is not a fanatical viewpoint. It’s a balanced common sense viewpoint,” Comitta said. “I can assure you if it was fanatical, I would not have anything to do with it or if it trampled on anyone’s constitutional rights, I would have nothing to do with it.”

The resolution was passed unanimously by council at Wednesday’s monthly meeting.

Councilman Jordan Norley said many of the points stated in the resolution deal with problems West Chester has faced in the past and will bring about positive change.

“I think it makes a lot of sense,” Norley said. …

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