League City: Gun issue on council’s agenda

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by Christopher Smith Gonzalez/ The Daily News

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Posted on February 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 1:34 PM

LEAGUE CITY — While city councils typically deal with local issues such as road work, park construction and tax rates, one League City councilwoman is setting her sights on the hottest national issue.

League City Councilwoman Heidi Thiess has introduced a resolution that she says will reaffirm the constitutional right of city residents to keep and bear arms. If passed, the resolution, among other things, would instruct city agencies to “refuse requests or directives by federal agencies” to confiscate, ban, tax or impose limits on firearms or ammunition.

“This is just a strong statement in affirmation of our rights,” Thiess said.

The resolution is on the agenda for the council’s meeting Tuesday.

Her resolution mirrors similar proposals introduced by state legislators, Thiess said. House Bill 553, introduced by Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, would make it an offense for a public servant to enact any laws or orders that would limit, ban or confiscate firearms or ammunition.

The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., which left 27 dead, has started a national debate on gun violence and gun control.

President Barack Obama released a list of proposals to curb gun violence. They included requiring background checks for all gun sales, limiting the size of ammunition magazines, reinstating a ban on assault weapons, providing financing for expanded mental health programs and starting a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

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