The Long Beach City Council has given final approval to an ordinance banning the local sale of semiautomatic assault weapons such as AK-47s and Uzis.
Only one store in Long Beach is known to regularly sell such rifles, which have gained a measure of notoriety since a gunman used an AK-47 to kill five Stockton schoolchildren earlier this year.
Similar to bans recently adopted in several other Los Angeles County cities, the Long Beach ordinance differs in one key respect: it does not outlaw possession of the rapid-fire rifles, only their sale. The measure was approved on second reading by a 6-1 vote. Councilman Jeffrey A. Kellogg voted no, and Councilmen Warren Harwood and Ray Grabinski were absent.