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City Council OKs Ban On High-Capacity Ammo Clips

LOS ANGELES ( — A ban on the possession of large-capacity ammunition clips in the city of Los Angeles was one of two gun control measures the City Council approved Friday.

The proposed ordinance - which was passed in an unanimous 11-0 vote - would declare high-capacity ammo clips a public nuisance and allow Los Angeles police to confiscate those firearms.

The City Council also heard testimony from gun violence victims, including Women Against Gun Violence Boardmember Josh Stepakoff, who as a six-year-old, survived a 1999 mass shooting at the North Valley Jewish Community Center.

A second motion from Councilmember Paul Krekorian was also approved that would establish an electronic reporting system aimed at improved tracking of ammunition sales and that supporters say would eliminate the need for police officers to travel to gun stores and shooting ranges to pick up documents.

Krekorian had originally filed a motion in January to study the "feasibility, effectiveness and benefits" of an ordinance prohibiting possession of certain ammunition magazines within city limits.

Gun rights lawyers sent a letter to the City Council this week threatening legal action if such a law were approved.

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