The Kansas City Council voted 11-0 today to send a resolution to the Congressional delegation, urging action on gun control.
The resolution will be sent to Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt and to Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver and Sam Graves.
"It is time to bring some common sense to this debate," Mayor Sly James said. "Even if this is a symbolic gesture, it's one worth taking."
James said gun violence has been a problem in Kansas City for too long, and the city doesn't need assault weapons on its streets, and doesn't want any more instances in which a 4-year-old was shot while sitting in a car.
In the wake of the brutal killing of young children and adults in Newtown, Conn., the resolution expresses support "for the President and the Congress of the United States to reauthorize the federal assault weapons ban."
The resolution notes that the state of Missouri forbids, with limited exceptions not relevant to an assault weapons ban, any city from adopting its own ordinance that touches firearms, components, ammunition and supplies.
"Because the state of Missouri does not allow local regulation, the city must look to the state and federal government for meaningful regulation," the resolution says.