Update: The city passed the resolution Wednesday with a vote
of 5-1. David Ward voted against. Steve Bonkowski was
The City Council will decide Wednesday whether to add its voice
to the national conversation on gun control.
The council is set to consider a resolution advocating the
reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons, a federal ban of
high-capacity ammunition clips, and state and federal legislation
requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales. You can
read the full resolution here.
If approved, the resolution will be sent to the island’s state
and congressional representatives. It would not change any
regulations within the city.
Councilwoman Kirsten Hytopoulos introduced the resolution after
hearing from islanders about a need to take action on gun violence
issues in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting. A number
of cities have passed similar resolutions, she said.
“I feel pretty confident in the values of the community and what
I’ve heard,” Hytopoulos said at a Jan. 9 council meeting. “I feel
pretty comfortable bringing this forward, I think it’s not
considered controversial by most in this community.”
The council will also consider a resolution supporting a
countywide tax to pay for mental health and chemical dependency
treatment programs, and a resolution endorsing a letter by regional
mayors advocating increased transportation funding at the state
will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.
Bainbridge Sportsmen’s Club President Alan Kasper distributed an
open letter to the council detailing his stance on the issue. You
can read Kasper’s letter here (PDF), and feel free to
offer your own thoughts in the comment section.
Photo: Sharla Musabih of North Kitsap holds a candle at a
prayer vigil organized at Battle Point Park Dec. 15, in the wake of
the Newtown, Conn. shooting. (Tad Sooter photo)