SAISD Board Backs Ban on 'Assault Style' Weapons Possession, Sale

The San Antonio ISD school board has approved a resolultion calling for the banning of the manufacture, sale, purchase, and possession of 'assault style weapons' and large capacity magazines by everybody except for law enforcement and the miltiary, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The resolution also states the SAISD's opposition to arming of teachers, but does support extending the perimeter of 'gun free zones' around schools, and calls for federal funding for increased law enforcement, and 'building alterations' to increase the security at school buildings.

The resolution also calls on Congress to appropriate funding to hire 'more counselors, mental health staff, psychologists, and social workers' in public schools.

The SAISD, in conjunction with other big city school districts nationwide,said in the resolution that 'Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed with a gun than people in other developed countries.'

"Americans make up about 4.4% of the world's population but own some 42 percent of the world's privately owned firearms."

It also concludes, following the school shootings last week in Florida, as well as Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and elsewhere, that 'assault weapons have no place in society and other types of guns are too easily obtained.

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