A Miami-Dade County Commissioner has proposed six resolutions to combat gun violence on the heels of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, but no one's hearing it -- at least, not yet.
Barbara Jordan (D-Miami Gardens) added the resolutions before Tuesday's county commission meeting, hoping the county would vote to urge Congress and state legislators to enact further gun controls after the massacre, which claimed the lives of 20 children and seven adults.
But a vote on the measures was postponed at the suggestion of Commissioner Lynda Bell (R-Coastal Southern Miami-Dade), reports the Miami Herald (both women are in non-partisan posts). Bell asked that a vote be deferred until January so commissioners could study the proposals.
Jordan's six resolutions aks that either state or federal lawmakers, or both:
- Increase Florida's criminal penalties for the use of certain ammunition commonly used in assault rifles during the commission of a felony
- Require identification from all non-military and non-law enforcement persons purchasing ammunition both in Florida and nation-wide, and lift the Florida state ban on local governments requiring such identification
- Increase the state penalty for possession of an AK-47 or other semi-automatic assault weapon during the commission of a felony from 15 to 25 years in prison
- Urge Congress and Florida legislators to close the "gun show loophole," requiring all private firearms sales to require background checks, regardless of whether or not the seller is licensed
- Change Florida law to allow local governments to register privately-owned firearms
- Recommend a national ban on magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds with exceptions, and require ID markings on any such magazines manufactured after enactment.
The resolutions are currently slated for discussion January 23rd at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center building Downtown.