Mayor Thompson Calls for Ban on Military Weaponry; May Use Executive Powers

City Mayor Linda D. Thompson again called for a ban on the sale of military-type weapons during a town hall discussion about gun violence sponsored by Harrisburg Hope and the Midtown Scholar Bookstore last night. The mayor also said a legal review is underway in the City Law Bureau to clarify the executive powers the mayor’s office has to address automatic weapons control in the city.

The panel discussion, which included Sen. Daylin Leach, Rep. Patty Kim, Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney, and First Assistant District Attorney Fran Chardo, was in support of improved gun control in response to the 20 innocent children and six adults murdered with automatic assault weapons in Newtown, CT last month.

Thompson is an active member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of 800 U.S. mayors and more than 900,000 grass roots supporters who are demanding action in the face of the NRA corporate gun lobby in both Washington, D.C. and in the PA House and Senate.

“The time has come for all of us, including legal gun owners, to get engaged with this issue and support common sense legislative measures like those proposed by Senator Leach in the PA Senate and Vice President Joe Biden’s efforts to rein in the influence of the NRA on this issue in Washington.” Mayor Thompson said today.

“Our agenda in Harrisburg and Washington is a common sense three-step solution to the problem,” the Mayor added.

“We have to require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America; we have to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines for civilian use immediately; and we have to make gun trafficking a federal crime, with real penalties for “straw purchasers” who re-sell legally purchased guns to people who cannot legally purchase those guns.” She said.

“The time to act is now,” Thompson noted, “there is a genuine outpouring of voices, including legal gun owners, demanding real change to make our communities safer. We care about Second Amendment rights but we need reasonable gun restrictions to eliminate horrible mass killings across the nation.”

Mayor Thompson pointed to statistics last night which show that many policies to restrict gun ownership are popular across the nation.  “A recent CNN/ORC poll found for example that about 57% of those asked favor a ban on automatic weapons; 60% favor a ban on high-capacity gun magazines; and more than 95% favor stronger background checks.” She told the 200 attendees.

Of the 142 weapons used by the killers in 62 mass shootings across the U.S. since 1982, three quarters of them were obtained legally and the deadly arsenal included dozens of assault weapons and semiautomatic handguns.

The mayor reported 12 murders in the City of Harrisburg last year, down from a high of 16 in prior years, but gun related crime “remains a problem we all have to address,” she said.

Mayor Thompson will lobby Capitol Hill in Washington next week as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors advocacy for common sense gun laws which require Congressional action.

The article above provided by the Office of the Mayor of Harrisburg.

19 comments

  • rick

    she is stupid if she thinks all these shootings are from Milatary guns what a joke they use 9mm
    45 .380's get real lady

  • deweyaxewound

    Is the author too ignorant to understand the difference between AUTOMATIC and SEMI-automatic weapons?
    Can she even define the term "assault rifle" – ? (Hint: true 'assault' rifles are ALREADY illegal to own, and were NOT used in any of the recent shootings)
    Or was she just too lazy to do any real research into the issue?
    Or, was she just in too much of a hurry to get her biased anti-gun hit piece out there?
    My suggestion – probably a combination of all three.

    • amsmithfox43

      deweyaxewound, as I state at the bottom of this article it was provided by the Office of the Mayor. This is all information written and provided directly by them. I did not change their wording of the article.

  • deweyaxewound

    And since when is the NRA a "corporate lobby"…? The NRA is not same nameless, faceless force for evil that perverts our laws — it is a GRASSROOTS organization made of people like me, you, your Dad, Uncle, Mom, Sister, and Grandfather, the neighbor next door – hunters, sportsmen, cops, veterans, etc. The reason it is so powerful and influential is because it is POPULAR, because so many belong to it or support it. The average responsible law-abiding citizen feels passionately about this issue, because both American AND world history teach us the importance of it.

  • deweyaxewound

    Let me ask a question – if guns are the root of the evil, and restricting them further or outlawing them would really make a difference, then why have ALL of these shootings occurred in "gun free zones"?

    Furthermore, why doesn't all hell break loose at any one of the hundreds of thousands of gun shows that take place in our country every year? Here's a challenge: I'd like for someone – including the hack author of this hitpiece – to find me a SINGLE incident of a shooting, murder, or rape that's ever occurred at a Gun Show.

    None?

    Imagine that.

  • Judge Tim

    An automatic assault weapon was NOT used. It was a standard semi-auto…Not Full auto. They where banned in 1934 which banned REAL assault weapons. The media needs to stop over hyping this.
    @CSCJUDGETIM

  • rj the law

    yea, what f mar-roon. is unspeakable how retarded these servants are. though really is just a matter of one having a feather in their cap.

    h-burg is nearly all handgun work, though these need not be banned either.

    what should be done is decriminalize all drugs, then there is little profit to be had.

  • rj the law

    nra is said to be started by the gop party, they are weak on their ideals. they think it is all about hunting; and it is , though not little ducks.

    goa, gun owners of america understands what the 2nd amendment is about.

    infowars.com, listen and learn.

  • Anonymous

    and here we go yet again… 1st and foremost, there were NO "AUTOMATIC ASSAULT RIFLES/GUNS" used in this false flag, staged shooting hoax. How about telling the truth for once & stop trying to push this anti-gun propaganda to advance this agenda. Wake up people – these supposed shootings were nothing more than Full Scale Exercises by the Dept of Homeland Security's HSEEP (Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program) as listed on their own website.
    BTW… trying to censor me will not stop me from contacting the FCC regarding your blatant disinformation campaign – The broadcast by a station of false information concerning a crime or catastrophe violates the FCC's rules if:
    •the station licensee knew that the information was false,
    •broadcasting the false information directly causes substantial public harm,
    •and it was foreseeable that broadcasting the false information would cause such harm.

    In this context, a “crime” is an act or omission that makes the offender subject to criminal punishment by law, and a “catastrophe” is a disaster or an imminent disaster involving violent or sudden events affecting the public. The broadcast must cause direct and actual damage to property or to the health or safety of the general public, or diversion of law enforcement or other public health and safety authorities from their duties, and the public harm must begin immediately. If a station airs a disclaimer before the broadcast that clearly characterizes the program as fiction and the disclaimer is presented in a reasonable manner under the circumstances, the program is presumed not to pose foreseeable public harm. Additional information about the hoax rule can be found on the FCC’s website.

  • ken

    Thompson is patently stupid. She better worry about the violent culture of Allison Hill where her welfare followers have committed no less than 6 violent crimes at exactly Derry and 15th in the last year. This morning's shooting was just one of many and it did not involve anything but a stolen illegal weapon. Attack honest folks while her ghetto snipe followers continue to rob and kill each other. Moronic loser Thompson flunked kindergarten, lunch, recess and anything else having to do with learning. BTW Linda, how do those folks on 4th st feel returning home to find their homes burglarized.? Did an assault weapon do that?

  • Sharon

    Gun Trafficking? Hey Mayor-canuou say Fast And Furious? How about Eric Holder? Let Obama clean up his own backyard before you liberals try to take my gun away. Lead by example.

  • Dale M

    It's no wonder that people support "gun control" if this is the garbage they're fed.

    First, automatic weapons (ie machine guns) have been highly regulated since 1934. The Newtown shooter did not use one of these! I've only been able to find 2 or 3 instances where one of these weapons was used in a crime and one of them was actually a police officer shooting an informant.

    Second, straw purchases and trafficking are already both FELONIES!

    Third, the "gun show loop hole" is simply that two individuals (not dealers) can legally transfer shotguns or rifles (not handguns) without a backround check. Selling to a prohibited individual is against the law. I'd consider requiring background checks for all transactions, except that legal person-person transfers aren't that common and . . .

    Finally, FBI statistics show that twice as many people are beaten to death (hands, feet & fists) as are killed by ANY type of rifle. Why focus on such a small subset of guns?

  • Josey Montana

    "The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and the State SHALL NOT BE QUESTIONED."

    Unless, of course, you're a twice-over My Nor It Tee that drove a major U.S. city straight into the ground through payola, graft, payoffs, kickbacks, and general incompetence.

    Then all of a sudden it's "L'etat, c'est moi!"

  • Minuteman

    The Mayor thinks that she is the female Obama of Harrisburg with what she likes to call her executive powers into play. Mayor you have no power.
    First Mayor you are already in violation of the Constitution of Pa. for your regulation on lost or stolen guns because only the state can change the Constitution concerning law. Also your in violation of the U.S. Constitution under the 2nd Amendment The right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!! Now it's a ban on military assault weapons which do not exist for the public to use and cannot get unless one has a federal firearms license allowed by federal law and fire continuously in a burst.
    There are rifles that look like military style but are semiautomatic not automatic.
    It's time people know the difference and therefore mayor if a person wants to purchase a semiautomatic and is lawfully allowed, they should be allowed to purchase it.
    But the mayor wouldn't know the difference from a rock and a boulder beside it !!

    The Mayor should be arrested and charged with these crimes against a freedom loving people.
    But I guess since she feels like the female Obama and just like him she can get away with anything.
    Harrisburg you can do better next time rather then vote again for this inept and irresponsible individual.

  • Ed

    18 Pa.C.S. § 6120: Limitation on the regulation of firearms and ammunition
    (a) General rule.–No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components when carried or transported for purposes not prohibited by the laws of this Commonwealth.
    (a.1) No right of action.–
    (1) No political subdivision may bring or maintain an action at law or in equity against any firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association or dealer for damages, abatement, injunctive relief or any other relief or remedy resulting from or relating to either the lawful design or manufacture of firearms or ammunition or the lawful marketing or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public.
    (2) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit a political subdivision from bringing or maintaining an action against a firearms or ammunition manufacturer or dealer for breach of contract or warranty as to firearms or ammunition purchased by the political subdivision.
    (b) Definitions.–As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection:
    "Dealer." The term shall include any person engaged in the business of selling at wholesale or retail a firearm or ammunition.
    "Firearms." This term shall have the meaning given to it in section 5515 (relating to prohibiting of paramilitary training) but shall not include air rifles as that term is defined in section 6304 ( relating to sale and use of air rifles).
    "Political subdivision." The term shall include any home rule charter municipality, county, city, borough, incorporated town, township or school district.

    I would vote for Thompson as one of the dumbest mayors in the U.S.

  • WOP2

    I read the article, started to think to myself "this is incredible", and then spotted Dalyn Leach's name. The man is a cad of the first order, and intentionally obfuscates any gun issue into his usual rant on machine guns. What he knows about guns is of little consequence. What lies he spreads about guns is an affront to lawful gun owners across the Commonwealth. While Leach is plenty squirrely, he bears watching in the Senate. Hopefully some really pro-gun guys in the Senate will take him into the cloakroom and give him some wall to wall counseling.

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