(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- With the recent horrific shootings in Miami-Dade County and throughout the country, Commissioner Barbara Jordan urged her fellow colleagues to support several measures that would toughen gun control laws. Fed up with senseless killings, Commissioner Jordan identified six legislative items that targeted semi-automatic assault weapons to limiting the amount of ammunition that can be purchased.
“I cannot sit idly by and watch our children become victims of gun violence on a daily basis,” said Commissioner Jordan. “This issue is directly on my radar and I am working with law enforcement to address these issues. However, I need my colleagues on the Commission to join me in this effort”
While Commissioner Jordan proposed six resolutions, five passed the Commission on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Those included:
1) Resolution urging the Florida Legislature to increase the penalty for possession of an AK-47 or other semi-automatic assault weapon during commission of a felony.
2) Resolution urging the Florida Legislature to increase criminal penalties for the use of assault weapon ammunition during the commission of a felony.
3) Resolution urging the U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature to ban the possession of high capacity ammunition magazines by individuals who are not law enforcement and to require identification markings on newly manufactured high capacity magazines.
4) Resolution urging the U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature to require any purchaser of ammunition, except a law enforcement officer, to provide a driver’s license or other picture identification.
5) Resolution urging the U.S. Congress to require mandatory background checks of the purchasers of firearms from any licensed or unlicensed vendor or at gun shows.
“This is an ongoing charge for my office,” said Commissioner Jordan. “I refuse to accept the notion that ‘guns don’t kill, people do.’ That type of attitude only perpetuates the problem. I’m looking for solutions to gun violence, not excuses.”
In October 2012, Commissioner Jordan met with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, State Attorney’s Office, City of Miami Gardens Police, Miami-Dade Police, and local officials to discuss initiatives to work alongside the community to address violent crime.