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COUNCIL PANEL TAKES AIM AT CITYWIDE AMMUNITION BAN.

Byline: Mariel Garza Staff Writer

A Los Angeles City Council panel endorsed a ban Monday on the sale of high-performance ammunition in the city, and asked for additional study on a proposed ban of all ammo sales.

The action by the Public Safety Committee sends the partial ban to the full council for consideration. The proposal takes aim at high-caliber bullets or those made from materials that allow them to pierce hard barriers such as houses and body armor.

The City Council adopted the ordinance in concept in April 2001, the same time it considered - and rejected - a ban on all ammo sales.

The proposed ban brought out several groups and activists, including Culver City-based Women Against Gun Violence and activists Theo Milonopoulos and Niko Milonopoulos, 15-year-old twins.

``On behalf of the children of this city, we beg you, our city leaders, to help save us from being shot,'' said Theo Milonopoulos.

If Los Angeles does adopt a total ban on ammunition sales, it would be the first city in the state to do so.

Deputy City Attorney James Axtell told the committee that the courts have ruled that residents and business owners have a right to have firearms on their private property and a ban on all ammo sales might be interpreted as impeding that right.

Councilman Nick Pacheco, the committee member who requested the total ban ordinance, urged committee members to adopt the ban anyway.

``I don't have a problem going to court to find the edge on this issue,'' Pacheco said. ``It's the least we can do for our residents, our communities.''
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