San Anselmo, Fairfax Councils Join National Gun Control Effort

What's your reaction to your council backing efforts to lessen gun violence in the U.S.? Tell us in the Comments!


Last week both the San Anselmo Town Council and the Fairfax Town Council adopted resolutions in support of efforts to address gun violence in the U.S.

At the Jan. 8 San Anselmo meeting, the council voted 3-1 to adopt a resolution in support of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns “Statement of Principles,” which was created in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in December.  

Councilman Ford Greene was absent from the meeting and Councilman Tom McInerney abstained, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

At the Jan. 10 council meeting, the Fairfax council voted 3-2 to adopt a resolution, with council members Pam Hartwell-Herrero and Ryan O’Neil dissenting, according to the Marin Independent Journal

The statement advocates working together to find innovative ways to advance the following: 

  • To punish — to the maximum extent of the law — criminals who posses, use and traffic illegal guns.
  • Target and hold accountable irresponsible gun dealers who break the law by knowingly selling guns to straw purchasers.
  • Keep lethal, military-style weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines off our streets.
  • Work to develop and use technologies that aid in the detection and tracing of illegal guns.
  • Support all local, state, and federal legislation that targets illegal guns; coordinate legislative enforcement, and litigation strategies; and share information and best practices.
  • Invite other cities to join in the new national effort.
  • Oppose all federal efforts to restrict cities’ right to access, use, and share trace data that is so essential to effective enforcement, or to interfere with the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to combat illegal gun trafficking. 

The Fairfax council reportedly modified its resolution and chose to withhold its support of sharing trace data due to privacy corners. 

San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips already has signed the resolution without consulting the city’s council members, according to the IJ.

Other Marin towns are expected to vote on adopting the resolution soon.


How do you feel about the towns passing these resolutions? Tell us in the Comments! 



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John Sergeant January 16, 2013 at 08:33 AM
it is a complete waste of time for our city governments to take positions on National issues. On the other hand maybe if they want to discuss these issues they won't spend so much time worrying about leaf blowers. The majority of the noise I hear in Fairfax is from chain saws, not leaf blowers. John Sergeant
John Neal January 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I applaud both Councils for adopting this resolution.


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