The city council in Burlington, Vermont, approved a resolution Monday night to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines within city limits. The resolution passed the city council by a 10-3 vote.
The resolution was introduced by Democrat Norm Blais following President Obama's pleas to end violent events such as Sandy Hook and Aurora.
The move to ban assault weapons in Burlington upset many opponents. Most residents were opposed to the ban on weapons and magazines. Most gun-related crimes are committed with handguns, not assault rifles, according to a CNN report.
Burlington residents presented their views on the resolution before the council voted to approve the measure. Many felt the resolution was too broad and could be used to ban other types of guns within the city.
Vermont is known for having some of the most relaxed gun laws in America. It is often cited as a model for how to control guns without regulations by the NRA and other pro-gun organizations. Vermont allows open and concealed carry without a permit anywhere in the state except schools and courthouses.
Despite the resolution passing the city council, it must still be presented and debated by the public, voted on by city residents, and approved by the state legislature before taking effect.
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