TAMPA— City Council Chairman Luis Viera says banning assault weapons, for him, is a “common sense issue.”
On Thursday, he’ll ask his six council member colleagues to approve a resolution signalling Tampa’s support for a federal ban on the high-capacity weapons along with urging the rest of the country to follow Florida’s “Red Flag” law to temporarily restrict a person’s access to firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others.
“The goal posts for guns have moved in this country. What used to be a common sense restriction for public safety is now dead on arrival. We can not accept this failure as a new constant reality,” Viera said Tuesday.
Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos’ ultimately unsuccessful recent call for a ban caught Viera’s attention.
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Here’s Viera’s full statement: