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L.A. Bans Gun Parts in Carry-On Luggage

June 19, 2002|From a Times Staff Writer

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday making it illegal for airline passengers to pack gun parts and ammunition in carry-on luggage.

The ordinance, which goes into effect 30 days after the mayor signs it, makes these actions misdemeanors punishable with up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $1,000.

Councilman Jack Weiss said he was amazed that there were no laws restricting such items, which could result in a weapon being assembled on flight.

Weiss initially learned of the problem when looking into a state effort to plug the loophole.

The legislation, which was drafted by state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Altadena), would make it a misdemeanor to possess parts of firearms or fake weapons at the state's airports and bus, train and subway stations.

"Why wait on them in Sacramento to make it state law when we can act and act right now and make it a crime in Los Angeles?" Weiss said before the council's 12-0 vote.

The council also urged state and federal lawmakers to approve similar measures.

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