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Tampa City Council chairman Luis Viera to propose resolution backing assault weapons ban

The Tampa City Council chairman said he was inspired, in part, by the recent actions of Clearwater Mayor Geoge Cretekos.

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:

Tampa CIty Council chairman Luis Viera's statement on his proposed assault weapon ban.
Tampa CIty Council chairman Luis Viera's statement on his proposed assault weapon ban. [ Courtesy of Luis Viera ]


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