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Petaluma council backs federal ban on assault weapons

The Petaluma City Council waded into the national gun control debate Monday night by backing a proposal to renew and broaden a federal ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

Acting on a request from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the council voted 6-1 to pass a resolution supporting reinstatement of the federal weapons ban that expired in 2004.

Feinstein is pushing a bill, which she said she plans to introduce next month, that would go further than the 1994 law she authored.

That law expired nine years ago, but mass shootings in Tucson, Ariz.; Aurora, Colo.; and Newtown, Conn., have energized calls for tighter restrictions on guns, particularly military-style rifles and large-capacity magazines.

Three people urged the council not to bring Petaluma into Second Amendment debates. No one spoke in favor of the resolution.

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