City county council sends a message to state legislature with controversial proposal

Council to hear weapons ban proposal
Council hears 'symbolic' weapons ban proposal
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – A City County Council committee takes up a controversial proposal Wednesday night to ban "assault style weapons".

It's a proposal drawing a lot of attention from both sides, even though nothing is expected to come of it.

The city has no power to ban or regulate any guns in any way, only the state legislature does.

Democratic Councilor Duke Oliver who introduced the proposal said he's fully aware of that.

Oliver said the proposal is in response to city's homicide rate and growing problem with gun violence.

"What we're hoping for is that the public will weigh in even more," said Oliver. "From the onset, I've said the [the proposal] banning assault weapons would get the discussion on the table."

Duke has achieved that with that, hearing from both supporters and opponents.

The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action sent an alert to members urging them to contact council committee members and express opposition to the proposal.

Oliver said he's also heard from "people as far away as Florida saying keep it up, we want to be heard and when is the hearing?"

Oliver introduced the proposal after one-year-old Malaysia Robson was killed in a drive-by shooting in March.

Then came the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School where a student and teacher were shot.

While his proposal is toothless, he said he hopes it sends a message to state lawmakers, who can act.

But even if his proposal passes out of committee, there are no guarantees it will be approved by the full council.

Republican Minority Leader Michael McQuillen said, "The regulation of guns and ammunition is not a city issue obviously and I understand councilor Oliver is trying to have a non-binding point made to the General Assembly but I think what would have just as much affect is writing a letter to his representative or senator."

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